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.
In addition to extra prize money already put toward the overall purse for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Kellie will be selling position sponsorships to add more bonuses for the drivers.
One lucky fan will be walking away from the event with $250,000 to put toward paying off their mortgage or buying a new home.
Proceeds from the market will put toward purchasing equipment or running programs for patients at the Children's Hospital.
The project is funded through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to be put toward the Clinton Housing Authority.
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.--A.M.
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.
According to a spokesman for the Department of Corrections, those earnings are put toward the inmates' room, board and transportation.
Under the terms of the 1997 agreement, the provincial government is committed to provide half of the funding, of which $6.5 million has been put toward planning and design.
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.
In addition, California Department of Fish and Game has been given substantial funding to put toward the recovery effort.
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.
Position sponsors are available for $10 and up and there is no limit on how much money can be put toward a certain finishing position.