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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.
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point toward

v.
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.
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"The Polarizers" brilliantly challenges and overturns our conventional narrative about partisanship, but perhaps most importantly, it points us toward a new consensus: if we deliberately created today's dysfunctional environment, we can deliberately change it.
That firm said this color communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.
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But Endo's novel also points us toward a second step in thinking about the silence of God.
The chapbooks of Tara Betts and Treasure Shields Redmond both provide a metaphysical and ancestral map that points us toward continued striving.
Here, Kapoor points us toward that dark, disturbing place that is our mortality, allowing us to marvel at the vulnerability of the human body.
Fortunately, new research points us toward those appropriate questions and choices.
The interplay of science and culture points us toward the best ideals, which are evolving as we and society evolve.
For this reason, Marratto both aids us in perceiving the underlying concerns of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy more clearly than earlier, more comprehensive studies such as Dillon's, and points us toward the problems that remain unresolved within Merleau-Ponty's philosophy.
The Spirit points us toward the way that leads to life, to love, and to truth.
Though she realizes full well the freedom she has in Christ to "kill and eat" per Peter's vision in Acts, she also has come to realize that a "right relationship with food points us toward [God]" and thus eating seasonally adds "an almost sacramental effect," akin to the liturgical calendar, to one's diet.
When Moeckel turns our attention away from the fast-paced, technological world where "banks erode" and "[d]anger is an overdraft fee" (54), he points us toward his knife's incision, toward his hands separating "lungs & liver & heart" from the cavity of the deer.