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 Despite the tick downward, Trump’s approval among white evangelicals has remained largely consistent over his presidency, like his approval rating overall. Washington Post, "Poll: About 7 in 10 white evangelicals approve of Trump," 1 July 2020 With the global economy and trade spiraling downward this year and prospects for a recovery deeply uncertain, the priority for many shipowners will be staying in business, leaving climate-change considerations on the back burner. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Coronavirus Puts the Brakes on the Clean-Ship Movement," 30 June 2020 The crashes were caused in part by anti-stall software that automatically pushed the nose of the plane downward. BostonGlobe.com, "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 29 June 2020 It was later determined that the fatal crashes were caused by the aircraft’s anti-stall software, which automatically pushed the noses of the planes downward. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Boeing 737 Max to Begin Test Flights Over a Year After Fatal Crashes," 29 June 2020 Texas this week has been reporting record levels of new cases — several thousand each day; Massachusetts, meanwhile, reported 226 on Thursday and has been trending downward. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Safer reopening will require millions more Covid-19 tests per day. One solution: ‘pool testing’," 26 June 2020 The new paper comes as the median age of COVID-19 patients is trending downward in the U.S. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Most Kids Do Not Get Severe COVID-19, Large Study Confirms," 25 June 2020 However, the county reported that its seven-day average positive rate among people tested for the virus had ticked downward to 3.1% on Sunday from 3.5% a week earlier and 3.9% two weeks earlier, according to its website. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 22-23," 25 June 2020 The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has continued to trend downward, no hospitals are reporting difficulty acquiring personal protective equipment. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Virginia businesses still suffering even with phase 3 of reopening on the horizon," 24 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The downward trend in these numbers was the primary factor considered for moving into the next phase. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Virginia moves to phase 3 of reopening but sitting at bars still prohibited," 2 July 2020 While the tribe has seen a downward trend in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, states across the country have experienced spikes, including ones that surround the Navajo Nation. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "'Alarming rise' in COVID-19 cases around Navajo Nation leads to more weekend curfews," 1 July 2020 After weeks of a downward trajectory in new coronavirus cases, a falling number of hospitalizations and COVID-19 deaths, Michigan is starting to see a rise once again. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan health officials urge caution as state opens and coronavirus cases rise," 28 June 2020 Its shares, which have been on a downward trajectory for several years, plunged 54% on Friday before they were suspended. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "UK mall operator Intu collapses into insolvency. Thousands of jobs are at risk," 26 June 2020 Those criteria include a downward trajectory of cases within a two-week period. Author: Jim Salter, Lindsey Tanner, Anchorage Daily News, "As virus numbers grow, governors rely on misleading hospital data," 26 June 2020 In Michigan, cases were generally on a downward trend until an uptick in the past two weeks. USA TODAY, "Younger people are a factor in surge of COVID-19 cases, analysis shows," 26 June 2020 Similarly, though there is a slight downward trend in nationwide COVID-19 rates, there has been no consistently low level of cases. Dallas News, "Is Texas facing a second coronavirus wave as case numbers climb?," 24 June 2020 This feels distinct from the general downward trend of media revenues and newsroom budgets. Char Adams, The New Republic, "Where Do Black Journalists Go From Here?," 19 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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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Downward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downward. Accessed 12 Jul. 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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