inward

adjective
in·​ward | \ ˈin-wərd How to pronounce inward (audio) \

Definition of inward

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : situated on the inside : inner
2a : of or relating to the mind or spirit inward peace
b : absorbed in one's own mental or spiritual life : introspective
3 : marked by close acquaintance : familiar
4 : directed toward the interior

inward

adverb
\ ˈin-wərd How to pronounce inward (audio) \
variants: or inwards \ ˈin-​wərdz How to pronounce inward (audio) \

Definition of inward (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : toward the inside, center, or interior
2 : toward the inner being

inward

noun

Definition of inward (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : something that is inward
2 inwards\ ˈin-​ərdz How to pronounce inward (audio) , -​wərdz \ plural : innards

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inward

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of inward in a Sentence

Adjective moved towards the inward room for more privacy he's more inward with the president than most members of the cabinet Adverb The window faces inward toward the courtyard. He turned his attention inward.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For much of a star’s life, the inward pull of gravity is delicately balanced by the outward push of radiation from nuclear reactions inside the star’s core. Quanta Magazine, "Secret Ingredient Found to Power Supernovas," 21 Jan. 2021 According to LinkedIn, Cleveland’s inward migration in 2019 was 82% of its outward migration – in other words, for every 100 people who left, 82 people arrived. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Turns out Cleveland isn’t growing its population during the pandemic – it’s just losing fewer people," 6 Apr. 2021 This inward focus, coupled with the vaccine nationalism that has seen wealthy countries dominate the available supply, has created an accessibility gap that Beijing and Moscow have proved all too willing to fill. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "Here’s How Russia and China Are Helping the U.S.," 30 Mar. 2021 The result is writing that is simultaneously inward looking and outward facing, disturbing and engaging at the same time. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, "The Shadow Over H.P. Lovecraft," 19 Mar. 2021 New York City witnessed booming real estate values, strong economic growth, inward migration, and, yes, record tourism. Peter Kern, Fortune, "If you think COVID is the end of cities, you’re wrong," 15 Mar. 2021 The acting chief said that following Jan. 6, federal police forces will be examining their own security, and that inward focus could leave the District more vulnerable. Washington Post, "Impact of Capitol riot looms over efforts to overhaul policing in the District," 6 Mar. 2021 The oversized pedals have adjustable foot beds and a 2-degree inward slope that reduces ankle and knee stress which is common in other ellipticals. Dave Johnson, Forbes, "The 7 Best Ellipticals For Reaching Your Fitness Goals At Home," 27 Feb. 2021 Abby has pointed out Charli's inward pointing feet, though, she's actually done it multiple times before. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Abby Lee Miller Just Called Out Charli D'Amelio Again On Instagram," 19 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb By last September, after an embarrassing postseason collapse left the Clippers looking inward and asking hard questions, their 30-year-old backup guard was doing the same. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "How Reggie Jackson cast aside doubt to join the Clippers’ revival," 26 Apr. 2021 The junta’s leaders are remarkably inward-looking and ruthless. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "No One Is Saving Myanmar," 24 Apr. 2021 In this new normal, your team and your customers, are looking inward to find their reason for being. Nj Falk, Forbes, "5 Ways To Become A Better Virtual Team Leader And Unlock Your Inner Potential," 21 Apr. 2021 Then, after a generation of looking inward, society turned its gaze outward. NBC News, "Why more CEOs are willing to address 'thorny political issues' like voting rights," 16 Apr. 2021 Rather than focusing on its guests alone, hospitality is looking inward to care for the ones who serve. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, "The next steps for reopening restaurants and bringing communities back together," 10 Apr. 2021 That has forced the kingdom to look inward, conducting deep-water exploration of desert areas and drilling wells more than a mile deep. Los Angeles Times, "The Dead Sea is dying. Drinking water is scarce. Jordan faces a climate crisis," 15 Apr. 2021 The year of lockdown also led Mr. Armani to look inward. Jason Horowitz, Vogue, "Giorgio Armani on Fashion's Future—And Why He's Not Slowing Down," 31 Mar. 2021 This is an important milestone for the beauty industry at large, showing a concerted effort by a mass brand to look inward, investigate their supply chain, and rectify any instances of animal testing. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Garnier Is Officially Leaping Bunny-Certified," 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, adopting a mindset that encompasses centrifugal and centripetal forces will help HR managers maintain balance on the fulcrum of inward and outward trends. Naira Velumyan, Forbes, "The Interplay Of Physics, Job Search And Cost Optimization," 18 Mar. 2021 For most Jews, Hanukkah has always been an inward, at-home, after-work-on-a-Wednesday sort of affair. Rachel Levin, SFChronicle.com, "COVID may ruin Christmas, but it can’t cancel Hanukkah," 9 Dec. 2020 Then came Brexit and the election of Trump, both of which marked the symbolic turning-inward of countries that had previously been open to migrants, to cosmopolitanism. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, "The Death of Cosmopolitanism," 23 June 2020 Through a metamorphosis of inward self reflection and a malleability to forgive, 3 years did not stretch to forever. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Tallulah Willis didn't speak to mom Demi Moore for three years," 12 May 2020 Through a metamorphosis of inward self reflection and a malleability to forgive, 3 years did not stretch to forever. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Tallulah Willis didn't speak to mom Demi Moore for three years," 12 May 2020 Through a metamorphosis of inward self reflection and a malleability to forgive, 3 years did not stretch to forever. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Demi Moore's Daughter Tallulah Willis Says Mother's Day Used to Make Her Feel Like 'Absolute Dust'," 11 May 2020 Using a small eye brush, start from the outer corner of the eyes and work inwards, so that the color gets gradually lighter. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Guide to Ageless Makeup for Women Over 50, According to an Industry Veteran," 27 Mar. 2019 The lights feature tall, thin vertical light blades for running lights and even longer rear light blades that bend inwards at the midpoint to reduce the appearance of bulkiness. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "2021 Cadillac Escalade loads up on tech and comfort to fend off Lincoln and Mercedes," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of inward

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for inward

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English inweard (akin to Old High German inwert), from in + -weard -ward entry 1

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The first known use of inward was before the 12th century

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22 Apr 2021

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“Inward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inward. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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inward

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a person's mind or spirit
: directed or moving toward the inside of something

inward

adverb

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

: toward the inside of something
: toward the mind or spirit

inward

adjective
in·​ward | \ ˈin-wərd How to pronounce inward (audio) \

Kids Definition of inward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : toward the inside or center an inward curve
2 : of or concerning the mind or spirit He felt inward joy.

inward

adverb
variants: or inwards \ -​wərdz \

Kids Definition of inward (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : toward the inside or center The door opens inward.
2 : toward the mind or spirit I turned my thoughts inward.

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