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 inwards (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 inwards (audio) , -​wərdz \ plural : innards

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inward

Synonyms: Adjective

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 As Europe became more secular and Christianity took an inward turn, Professor Metz asked the church to rethink its role in society. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "Johann Baptist Metz, Theologian of Compassion, Dies at 91," 10 Dec. 2019 This is only one example of a widespread inward push towards supporting domestic over foreign brands. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "U.S. brands think they understand China’s market, but a new report says they don’t," 17 Jan. 2020 As Europe became more secular and Christianity took an inward turn, Dr. Metz asked the church to rethink its role in society. BostonGlobe.com, "Johann Baptist Metz, one of the most influential Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century and a pioneer of Jewish-Christian dialogue in the aftermath of the Holocaust, died Dec. 2 in Münster, Germany. He was 91.," 12 Dec. 2019 The European Union tightened its screening of inward investment in April. The Economist, "Japan’s new investment rules risk scaring off foreign investors," 26 Oct. 2019 Factions in Beijing – including Premier Li Keqiang and Xi himself – have long favored reform around IP and inward investment that would meet many U.S. demands. Washington Post, "The U.S. and China Are Living in Different Universes," 23 Sep. 2019 The inward flip of Liu's hair also warrants mentioning, thanks to the look's recent trendiness. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Lucy Liu Has Officially Joined the Bob Haircut Club," 18 Oct. 2019 Because the inward force generated by pressure remains the same, however, the wind near the ground streams into the fire tornado. Jason M. Forthofer, Scientific American, "Can Scientists Predict Fire Tornadoes?," 20 Nov. 2019 The gravitational force is inwards ... but the inward direction is in opposite directions for ingoing and outgoing streams. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Wormhole," 27 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Henry, meanwhile, begins channelling the atmospheric terror inward. Lauren Oyler, The New Yorker, "Are Novels Trapped by the Present?," 12 Feb. 2020 The Persians broke through the center, but the Greek troops on both flanks wheeled inward and surrounded the enemy forces, who were then massacred. National Geographic, "At the Battle of Marathon, Athens' underdog victory stunned Persia," 6 Feb. 2020 The strong gravitational interactions between the planet and the star should cause the planet to spiral inward and be destroyed, but nobody could predict how long this takes. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This exoplanet is in a death dance with its star," 10 Jan. 2020 Harrell was far from the only Clipper to point the finger inward. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Montrezl Harrell and the Clippers’ bench jump start offense in win over Knicks," 5 Jan. 2020 According to a recent report by the International Parking & Mobility Institute, some garage operators install fencing similar to that on bridges, ranging from 6 to 8 feet in height, that curves inward to make climbing more difficult. BostonGlobe.com, "But Ron White, chief program officer for Samaritans Inc., the suicide prevention nonprofit, said installing fencing on the top floor of the garage “should be a priority.”," 28 Dec. 2019 The lights feature tall, thin vertical light blades for running lights and even longer rear light blades that bend inward at the midpoint to reduce the appearance of bulkiness. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Cadillac Escalade loads up on tech and comfort to fend off Lincoln and Mercedes," 5 Feb. 2020 Firefighters are angry now, and some of that anger should be directed inward. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Fire union antics produced nothing but disruption," 29 Jan. 2020 This tug-of-war thinned dense spots as excess matter spilled outward and thickened thin spots as material rushed inward. Quanta Magazine, "How Ancient Light Reveals the Universe’s Contents," 28 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ski touring is about slowing down, turning inwards, and tuning into nature. Jen Murphy, Sunset Magazine, "Earn Your Burn on a Secret Backcountry Skiing Adventure in Colorado," 13 Jan. 2020 On average the three outer giants flung planetesimals inwards, towards the sun. The Economist, "How the planets got their spots," 18 Dec. 2019 After 30 minutes, the main structural cross beams began to fail, and after two hours parts of the boat collapsed inwards. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Most of 95 people killed in Kiribati ferry disaster died from hunger, dehydration and hypothermia, inquiry finds," 9 Oct. 2019 Blow dry the hair smooth with a slight inward bend at the ends. Kristin Corpuz, Billboard, "Get The Look: How to Create Chic Hairstyles Like Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande & More For New Year's Eve," 23 Dec. 2019 And the walls of the house of study began to collapse inwards. National Geographic, "Episode 1: Digging up Disaster," 15 Oct. 2019 The gravitational force is inwards ... but the inward direction is in opposite directions for ingoing and outgoing streams. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Wormhole," 27 Aug. 2019 Instead, simply by turning all the drama inward, Chapter Two’s second trailer ramps up the scares. Aja Romano, Vox, "Watch: It Chapter Two returns with an eerie new trailer," 18 July 2019 Use painters tape, spend a little more on quality brushes, and fill in from the edges, painting inwards, to get the best results. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How to Paint a Wall Mural," 25 June 2019

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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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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inwards?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=inwar01l. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for inward

inward

adjective
How to pronounce inward (audio)

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
How to pronounce inward (audio)

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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