downward

adverb
down·​ward | \ ˈdau̇n-wərd How to pronounce downward (audio) \
variants: or downwards \ ˈdau̇n-​wərdz How to pronounce downward (audio) \

Definition of downward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
3a : from an earlier time
b : from an ancestor or predecessor

downward

adjective

Definition of downward (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : moving or extending downward
2 : descending from a head, origin, or source

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Other Words from downward

Adjective

downwardly adverb
downwardness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for downward

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of downward in a Sentence

Adverb The mountain streams flow downward to the lake. Mud covered his pants from the knees downward. Adjective Sales continued their downward trend. the downward revision of an estimate
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The Labor Department on Thursday reported that US weekly unemployment claims continued to trend downward, dropping slightly to 360,000, the lowest level since the start of the pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 While basic economy restrictions may have been less of an issue last year when change fees were being waived, things have shifted as coronavirus numbers trend downward and more travelers take off. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 24 June 2021 Point #7: The cost to buy a new or used car is at peak and will trend downward from here. Bob Haber, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Madison: The state might not reach herd immunity from COVID-19 until the fall if vaccination rates continue to trend downward, said Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 What triggered the storms, though, was a weather disturbance that came from central Nevada on Tuesday afternoon and continued downward into Arizona overnight, Percha said. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2021 Because when Vogue sent reporter Vicki Woods to Philo’s for a studio interview months before her first Celine collection was shown in 2009, her gaze was immediately drawn downward. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 12 July 2021 Many of the soldiers bowed their heads and cast their eyes downward. New York Times, 2 July 2021 Another simple way to get water out of your ear is to gently tug on your earlobe toward the back or downward, Dr. Jethanamest says. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 29 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective New cases were in excess of 50,000 on July 17, but have since been on a downward trend. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 July 2021 New cases were in excess of 50,000 on July 17, but have since been on a downward trend, the data shows. BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2021 Testing levels are down about 30% since late May and are on a downward trend, according to state data. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, 21 July 2021 After several weeks of a downward trend in COVID-19 cases in the county, confirmed case numbers rose last week. Madison Bateman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 16 July 2021 That said, this downward trend is not consistent across the board. Priya Krishnakumar, CNN, 14 July 2021 Math scores held to a notable downward trend starting with a 49% pass rate at the third-grade level and steadily declining to just 28% in the eighth grade. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 14 July 2021 But according to the International Shark Attack File, a global database, shark attacks in Western Australia have been on a downward trend, but in the past couple years have spiked again. Sarah Sax, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 July 2021 Worker filings for jobless benefits fell to a new pandemic low last week and resumed a monthslong downward trend, adding to signs of a recovering labor market. Bryan Mena, WSJ, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of downward

Adverb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of downward was in the 12th century

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“Downward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downward. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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downward

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of downward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

downward

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of downward (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

downward

adverb
down·​ward | \ ˈdau̇n-wərd How to pronounce downward (audio) \
variants: or downwards \ -​wərdz \

Kids Definition of downward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

downward

adjective

Kids Definition of downward (Entry 2 of 2)

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

downward

adjective
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Legal Definition of downward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: going from a higher to a lower level a downward departure from the sentencing guidelines

downward

adverb

Legal Definition of downward (Entry 2 of 2)

: from a higher to a lower level instead of following the sentencing guidelines, the court departed downward

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