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Towards, prep. (usually monosyll., sometimes dissyll.), 1) in a direction to: “t. thee I'll run and give him leave to go,” Sonn. 51, 14. “as the waves make t. the pebbled shore,” 60, 1. “cutting the clouds t. Paphos,” Tp. IV, 93. “always bending t. their project,” Tp. IV, 93 “his intent t. our wives,” Wiv. II, 1, 181. “if he should intend this voyage t. my wife,” Wiv. II, 1, 181 “was carried t. Corinth,” Err. I, 1, 88. “some unborn sorrow is coming t. me,” R2 II, 2, 11. “with what wings shall his affections fly t. fronting peril,” H4B IV, 4, 66. “blow t. England's blessed shore,” H6B III, 2, 90. “threw it t. thy land,” H6B III, 2, 90 “glided t. your majesty,” H6B III, 2, 90 “we'll forward t. Warwick,” H6C IV, 7, 82 (i. e. to oppose him). “it ripens t. it,” Ant. II, 7, 103 etc.
Equivalent to to: “a reverend man . . . t. this afflicted fancy drew,” Compl. 61. “if you can carry her your desires t. her,” Wiv. I, 1, 245 (Evans' speech). “t. Florence is he?” All's III, 2, 71. “pace softly t. my kinsman's,” Wint. IV, 3, 121. “I t. the north, . . . my wife to France,” R2 V, 1, 76. “you . . . t. York shall bend you,” H4A V, 5, 36. “the king is now in progress t. Saint Albans,” H6B I, 4, 76. “let's march t. London,” IV, 3, 20. “t. Berwick post amain,” H6C II, 5, 128. “he comes t. London,” IV, 4, 26. “now t. Chertsey,” R3 I, 2, 29. R3 I, 2, 29 “the mayor t. Guildhall hies him,” III, 5, 73. “t. London they do bend their course,” IV, 5, 14. “gallop apace . . . t. Phoebus' lodging,” Rom. III, 2, 2. “strike up the drum t. Athens,” Tim. IV, 3, 169. “we first address t. you,” Lr. I, 1, 193. “and t. himself . . . we must extend our notice,” Cymb. II, 3, 64 etc.
2) tending to, aiming at, for: “t. our assistance we do seize to us the plate,” R2 II, 1, 160. “quick is mine ear to hear of good t. him,” R2 II, 1, 160 “certain issue strokes must arbitrate, t. which advance the war,” Mcb. V, 4, 21.
3) to, in a moral sense: “which sorrow is always t. ourselves, not heaven,” Meas. II, 3, 32. “what warmth is there in your affection t. any of these suitors?” Merch. I, 2, 37. “there is some ill a brewing t. my rest,” II, 5, 17. “the rather will I spare my praises t. him,” All's II, 1, 106. “if the duke continue these favours t. you,” Tw. I, 4, 1. “the manner of your bearing t. him,” Wint. IV, 4, 569. “a heart that wishes t. you honour and plenteous safety,” H8 I, 1, 103. “like her true nobility, she has carried herself t. me,” II, 4, 143. “his malice t. you,” Cor. II, 3, 197. “Rome, whose gratitude t. her deserved children,” III, 1, 292. “our graces t. him,” Mcb. I, 6, 30. “if there be any good meaning t. you,” Lr. I, 2, 190. “our intents, which t. you are most gentle,” Ant. V, 2, 127. “the malice t. you,” Cymb. V, 5, 419.
4) with (cf. toward, prep. 4): “make trial what your love can do for Rome t. Marcius,” Cor. V, 1, 41. “we shall have need to employ you t. this Roman,” Cymb. II, 3, 68.
5) about: “t. three or four o'clock,” R3 III, 5, 101.
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