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outward

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adjective out·ward \ˈau̇t-wərd\

Simple Definition of outward

  • : of or relating to the way that someone or something looks or seems on the outside

  • : able to be seen

  • : moving or directed away from something

Full Definition of outward

  1. 1 :  moving, directed, or turned toward the outside or away from a center <an outward flow>

  2. 2 :  situated on the outside :  exterior

  3. 3 :  of or relating to the body or to appearances rather than to the mind or the inner life <outward beauty>

  4. 4 :  external

Examples of outward

  1. They showed no outward signs of fear, but they must have been afraid.

  2. She was waiting for some outward expression of his love.

  3. To all outward appearances, their marriage was quite normal.

  4. outward symptoms of the disease

  5. The outward migration of people from the city has hurt the city's economy greatly.

  6. He made a slight outward movement with his right hand.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of outward

before 12th century


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outward

adverb out·ward \-wərdz\

Simple Definition of outward

  • : toward the outside of something : away from a center

  • : away from yourself

Full Definition of outward

  1. 1 :  toward the outside

  2. 2 obsolete :  on the outside :  externally

Examples of outward

  1. The window faces outward toward the street.

  2. Stand with your heels together, toes pointing outward.

  3. air flowing outwards from the lungs



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of outward

before 12th century

Variants of outward

or out·wards play \-wərdz\

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outward

noun out·ward

Definition of outward

  1. :  external form, appearance, or reality



Examples of outward

  1. <never was there in a man such a fine, heroic outward and such a cowardly interior>



1606

First Known Use of outward

1606



OUTWARD Defined for Kids

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outward

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adjective out·ward \ˈau̇t-wərd\

Definition of outward

  1. 1 :  moving or turned toward the outside or away from a center <an outward flow>

  2. 2 :  showing on the outside <Surely it must hurt her … But if it did she gave no outward sign. — Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time>




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outward

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adverb out·ward \ˈau̇t-wərdz\

Definition of outward

  1. :  away from a center <The city stretches outward for miles.>



Variants of outward

or out·wards \ˈau̇t-wərdz\


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