put toward

put (something) toward (something)

1. To earmark or use money for a portion of a debt or bill. I'm putting all of the money I make at my part-time job toward buying a new car.
2. To do or expend something in an attempt to achieve some goal or outcome. I failed my audition because I didn't put enough time toward learning the dance routine.
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put toward

v.
To provide or secure something to obtain something else or to serve some purpose: We've put $500 toward a new car. I put my efforts toward improving my grades.
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References in classic literature ?
Five minutes after, the commander called the second lieutenant, who returned immediately, ordering the head to be put towards Corunna.
Proceeds from the market will put toward purchasing equipment or running programs for patients at the Children's Hospital.
The monies were put toward SPE Europe's operational expenses.
A practicing Tibetan Buddhist since 1981, Blackman plans to send all of the proceeds of his operation to the Dalai Lama, with a note recommending that the money be put toward helping Tibetan refugee women and children.
Students have requested any savings be put toward winterizing the older units.
Department of Housing and Urban Development gives states and municipalities money to distribute to low- and moderate-income families to put toward their down payment or dosing costs.
And back in 1999, they actually had a bond measure passed that would have given them $100 million of public funds to put toward it.
According to a spokesman for the Department of Corrections, those earnings are put toward the inmates' room, board and transportation.
In June 1917, the Signal Corps, which at the time controlled the Army air arm, won an appropriation of $640 million to be put toward aviation.
The sale will generate gross proceeds in excess of $300 million, which Hoechst will put toward its Celanese AG spin-off that was expected to take place in October.
Skype's affordable gear, coupled with free calls among the users of Skype[TM] software, can help save precious cash to be put toward shedding post-holiday debt as quickly as those unwanted holiday pounds.
Cuomo said, around $705 million will be put toward repairs to the grid, which sustained heavy damage during 2012 s Superstorm Sandy, while an extra $730 million will be used for future storm mitigation efforts.
Also, ask your parents to match the amount you put toward the bill.
These are cops and dollars that could be put toward fighting crime; instead they are channeled into bureaucracy.
The company pleaded guilty and was further assessed a $25,000 victim's surcharge that will be put toward a victims of crime provincial program.