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Definition of toward preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//twɔrd//
    , NAmE//ˈtoʊərd//
    (also towards)
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  1. 1in the direction of someone or something They were heading toward the Canadian border. She had her back toward me.
  2. 2getting closer to achieving something This is a first step toward universal health care.
  3. 3close or closer to a point in time toward the end of April
  4. 4in relation to someone or something He was warm and tender toward her. our attitude toward death
  5. 5with the aim of obtaining something, or helping someone to obtain something The money will go toward a new school building (= will help pay for it).