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point toward (someone or something)

1. To indicate or signify the direction or location of someone or something. We've set up arrows pointing toward the house to help guests who are unfamiliar with the area. If you rest the needle on the surface of water, it will point toward magnetic north.
2. To make a physical signal, especially with one's index finger, to indicate the direction or location of someone or something. Tom pointed toward the trees behind the cabin when Peter asked where the bathroom was. Everyone pointed toward Sarah when the boss asked who had broken the printer.
3. To face the direction of someone or something. We want the back porch to be pointing toward the point on the horizon where the sun sets. You always want the front of your body pointing toward the audience, otherwise they will have trouble hearing you.
4. To move something so that it faces the direction of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "point" and "toward." He pointed his light toward the window so that she would see it from her bedroom. She pointed the stereo toward the meeting room so we could all hear the outcome of the game.
5. To draw someone's attention toward or inform someone about the direction of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "point" and "toward." Excuse me, could you please point me toward the train station? He pointed me toward the exit when I asked if they had any job openings.
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point toward someone or something

to direct an extended finger toward someone or something. The teacher pointed toward Laura and asked her to come to the front of the room. Randy pointed toward the door and frowned at the dog.
See also: point, toward
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

point toward

1. To indicate the direction in which something lies: The sign points toward the center of the city.
2. To make a gesture indicating the direction in which something lies: The farmer pointed toward the fields across the road.
3. To be suggestive of the idea that something is a possibility or correct conclusion: The fact that the door wasn't broken points toward the theory that the thief had a key.
4. To cause someone to consider something to be a possibility or correct conclusion: These facts point us toward a new explanation.
See also: point, toward
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Not that, like a magic scene, it all opened upon me at once: the information I had obtained was of a nature rather to direct my endeavours so soon as I should point them towards the object of my search than to exhibit that object already accomplished.
"We are introducing a system of mass notification to warn people about the unlawfulness of copyright infringement, explain the harm it does and point them toward legitimate content.
Rapid HIV testing conducted in community settings provides opportunities to identify infected individuals who would otherwise not know that they are HIV-positive and to point them toward treatment services, according to results of a two-year demonstration project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These people include Peter Cove and Mindy Tarlow who are operating programs that are taking people off the streets and trying to point them toward the mainstream, Fred Davie from Public/Private Ventures in Philadelphia who is evaluating an ambitious 17-city program that involves government money and faith-based groups to find out whether that approach is working, and Brent Orrell who works for the U.S.
(Available from: ERS Member Services Information Center, 2000 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; www.ers.org.) This paper presents an expanded definition of school readiness that includes not only the skills children possess as they begin formal school but also the ways that family backgrounds, preschool experiences, and primary-grade classrooms interact with children to point them toward school success or failure.
Point students toward general principles, lead them toward connecting their lives to the principles, and then point them toward other content to broaden what they know.
`Civil unrest in Cincinnati' was conceived both to educate Cincinnatians of all races on the past and to point them toward a brighter, more cooperative future.
The satellite's two telescopes depend on three gyroscopes to point them toward their celestial targets, but on May 12 one of these critical devices went awry.
And we dearly hope that people throughout Merseyside will take something from it - that men will ask for help if they need it, and those who are worried about a friend or relative will talk to them and point them towards help.
Part of the action plan, to be unveiled by the Welsh Assembly Government today, will include training so frontline staff can assist people in distress and point them towards specialist help.
A transmitter fits onto a child's belt and the parents have a receiver with arrows to point them towards the child.