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1downward

adverb down·ward \ˈdan-wərd\

: 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
a :  from a higher to a lower place
b :  toward a direction that is the opposite of up
2
:  from a higher to a lower condition
3
a :  from an earlier time
b :  from an ancestor or predecessor

Variants of DOWNWARD

down·ward or down·wards \-wərdz\

Examples of DOWNWARD

  1. The mountain streams flow downward to the lake.
  2. Mud covered his pants from the knees downward.

First Known Use of DOWNWARD

13th century

Related to DOWNWARD

Synonyms
below, down (or downwards), over
Antonyms
up, upward (or upwards), upwardly

2downward

adjective

: 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
:  moving or extending downward
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

First Known Use of DOWNWARD

circa 1552

Related to DOWNWARD

DOWNWARDS Defined for Kids

1downward

adverb down·ward \ˈdan-wərd\

Definition of DOWNWARD for Kids

:  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

down·ward or down·wards \-wərdz\

2downward

adjective

Definition of DOWNWARD for Kids

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

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