downward

adverb
down·​ward | \ ˈdau̇n-wərd How to pronounce downward (audio) \
variants: or downwards \ ˈdau̇n-​wərdz How to pronounce downwards (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 Even as the number of cases has increased in recent days, other key metrics are holding steady or continuing to trend downward. Washington Post, "Md. county issues region’s strictest mask mandate as DMV sees four-day increase in cases," 9 July 2020 Staying at home as much as people did in mid-May, the forecast says, is necessary to drive hospitalization rates back downward. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "‘Very, very difficult’: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations at record high, nearing overwhelming level," 11 July 2020 Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) said Thursday that the Washington suburb, which was one of the hardest-hit in the region, continues to see infections and deaths trend downward. Washington Post, "Md. county issues region’s strictest mask mandate as DMV sees four-day increase in cases," 9 July 2020 But the claims remain stubbornly high and aren't trending downward as quickly as economists would like. Anneken Tappe And Tami Luhby, CNN, "Unemployment claims are falling. But 1.3 million still applied for assistance last week," 9 July 2020 Even controlling for other social-distancing measures, and without looking at how many people actually wore masks at an individual level, the curve started to bend downward as soon as a week later. Megan Molteni, Wired, "How Masks Went From Don’t-Wear to Must-Have," 2 July 2020 Mortgage rates were not able to move downward as slowly because of volume of refinancing requests looking to take advantage of historically low rates clogged the system. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Mortgage rates hit record low, could dip below 3 percent," 2 July 2020 The trail winds downward, enters town, and then heads east on a county road, at least for now. Jacqueline Kehoe, National Geographic, "Discovering an unexpected wilderness on Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail," 30 June 2020 The state has 781 cases, a number that has been trending downward. USA TODAY, "Unwanted masks, homeless count, pork processor cleared: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For Cocoa, Florida, residents Christine Powell and her fiance, Robert Hammond, the relentless downward economic drag of the past six months has been suffocating. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "'I hide in the bathroom and cry': Americans struggle with unemployment delays," 13 July 2020 On the sound front, there isn’t space for the usual speakers at the bottom of the TV —- facing forward or downward —- like on LED or QLED TVs. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best TVs of 2020," 10 July 2020 Before the slight upward trend, the numbers had been on a mostly downward trend for about two months. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Virginia moves to phase 3 of reopening but sitting at bars still prohibited," 2 July 2020 As the currency went into a dizzying downward spin, angry protesters returned to the streets — although in smaller number — some smashing bank offices and blocking roads. Washington Post, "Lebanese major retailers to shut down amid economic crisis," 2 July 2020 While the rest of the wealthy nations of the world have driven their numbers downward, American cases are surging. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Alabamafication unmasked," 1 July 2020 The brand-new CX-30 crossover helped stem the downward tide, and both the MX-5 Miata and CX-9 were up, 9.9 and 14.2 percent, respectively, in Q2. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "New-Car Sales Fall for Second Consecutive Quarter in U.S.," 1 July 2020 The downward revision was across the board; all regions will suffer shrinkage. The Economist, "Business this week," 27 June 2020 This long, downward-and-backwards pull is one of the sensations of Heaney’s poetry. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Seamus Heaney’s Journey Into Darkness," 20 June 2020

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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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28 Jul 2020

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“Downward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downward. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for downward

downward

adverb
How to pronounce downward (audio)

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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