onwards: 1.from… onwards continuing from a particular time eg: They lived there from the 1980s onwards. The pool is open from 7 a.m. onwards. 2.(formal) forward eg: We drove onwards towards the coast. towards: 1.in the direction of somebody/something eg: They were heading towards the German border. She had her back towards me. 2.getting closer to achieving something eg: This is a first step towards political union 3.close or closer to a point in time eg: towards the end of April 4.in relation to somebody/something eg: He was warm and tender towards her. our attitude towards death 5.with the aim of obtaining something, or helping somebody to obtain something eg: The money will go towards a new school building (= will help pay for it).