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downward

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adverb down·ward \ˈdau̇n-wərd\

Simple Definition of downward

  • : from a higher place or level to a lower place or level

  • : toward the ground, floor, etc. : not up

  • : toward people with less power, money, etc.

Full Definition of downward

  1. 1 a :  from a higher to a lower place b :  toward a direction that is the opposite of up

  2. 2 :  from a higher to a lower condition

  3. 3 a :  from an earlier time b :  from an ancestor or predecessor

Examples of downward

  1. The mountain streams flow downward to the lake.

  2. Mud covered his pants from the knees downward.



13th Century

First Known Use of downward

13th century

Variants of downward

or down·wards play \-wərdz\

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downward

adjective down·ward

Simple Definition of downward

  • : moving or going from a higher place or level to a lower place or level

  • : moving or going toward the ground, floor, etc.

  • : changing to a smaller amount or lower number

Full Definition of downward

  1. 1 :  moving or extending downward

  2. 2 :  descending from a head, origin, or source

down·ward·ly adverb
down·ward·ness noun

Examples of downward

  1. Sales continued their downward trend.

  2. the downward revision of an estimate



Circa 1552

First Known Use of downward

circa 1552



DOWNWARD Defined for Kids

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downward

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adverb down·ward \ˈdau̇n-wərd\

Definition of downward

  1. :  from a higher place, amount, or level to a lower one <The company's sales continue to go downward.> <Still the Ghost pointed downward to the grave by which it stood. — Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol>



Variants of downward

or down·wards \-wərdz\

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downward

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adjective down·ward

Definition of downward

  1. :  going or moving from a higher place, amount, or level to a lower one <a downward slope>





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