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downward

adverb down·ward \ ˈdau̇n-wərd \
variants: or downwards play \-wərdz\
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

Examples of downward in a Sentence

  1. The mountain streams flow downward to the lake.

  2. Mud covered his pants from the knees downward.

Recent Examples of downward from the Web

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First Known Use of downward

13th century

downward Synonyms

Synonyms
below, down (or downwards), over
Antonyms
up, upward (or upwards), upwardly
Related Words
facedown; low; downgrade, downhill, downstairs
Near Antonyms
aloft

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downward

adjective

Definition of downward

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

downwardly

adverb

downwardness

noun

Examples of downward in a Sentence

  1. Sales continued their downward trend.

  2. the downward revision of an estimate

Recent Examples of downward from the Web

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First Known Use of downward

circa 1552

downward Synonyms

Synonyms
bowed, down, downcast, lowered
Near Antonyms
elevated, lifted, raised, uplifted, upward


DOWNWARD Defined for English Language Learners

downward

adverb

Definition of downward for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of downward for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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downward

adverb down·ward \ ˈdau̇n-wərd \
variants: or downwards \-wərdz\

Definition of downward for Students

: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

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downward

adjective

Definition of downward for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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downward

adjective down·ward

legal Definition of downward

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

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downward

adverb

legal Definition of downward

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


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