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onward

adverb on·ward \ ˈȯn-wərd , ˈän- \
variants: or less commonly onwards play \ˈȯn-wərdz, ˈän-\
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of onward

:toward or at a point lying ahead in space or time :forward

Examples of onward in a Sentence

  1. They have lived in that house from 1983 onward.

  2. we must continue to move onward, or we will die in this desert

Recent Examples of onward from the Web

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First Known Use of onward

15th century

onward Synonyms

Synonyms
ahead, forth, forward, on
Related Words
before, fore, frontward (or frontwards)
Near Antonyms
backward (or backwards)

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onward

adjective

Definition of onward

:directed or moving onward :forward

Recent Examples of onward from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'onward.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of onward

15th century



ONWARD Defined for English Language Learners

onward

adverb

Definition of onward for English Language Learners

  • : to or toward what is ahead in space or time


onward

adjective

Definition of onward for English Language Learners

  • : moving toward the future or toward a more advanced state or condition


ONWARD Defined for Kids

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onward

adverb on·ward \ ˈȯn-wərd , ˈän- \

Definition of onward for Students

:toward or at a point lying ahead in space or time :forward From then onward she trusted him.
  • The river flows onward to the coast.

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onward

adjective

Definition of onward for Students

:directed or moving forward
  • There's no stopping the onward march of time.


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