onward

1 of 2

adverb

on·​ward ˈȯn-wərd How to pronounce onward (audio)
ˈän-
variants or less commonly onwards
: toward or at a point lying ahead in space or time : forward

onward

2 of 2

adjective

: directed or moving onward : forward

Examples of onward in a Sentence

Adverb They have lived in that house from 1983 onward. we must continue to move onward, or we will die in this desert
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
Still, the Iliad has inspired soldiers from antiquity onward. Claudia Roth Pierpont, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 Troconis is currently on trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Stamford, as hearings that began in January trudge onward and the prosecution presents its case in meticulous detail. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 8 Feb. 2024 The filter, which ages anyone who tries it by 50 years in a matter of seconds, began aging Kardashian’s face from 2023 onward. Brian Anthony Hernandez, Peoplemag, 21 Dec. 2023 Surfing leads the adrenaline junkie to bank heists, and onward to free-falling, kidnapping, and bigger waves. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2024 Three hours and about $38,000 (€35,000) later, the former California governor was released from detainment and proceeded onward to his Climate Initiative’s charity dinner in Kitzbühel, but the story doesn’t end there. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 22 Jan. 2024 The detour could add as much as a month to time underway, delaying the delivery of goods and the docking of ships that are supposed to continue onward, including to the east coast of the United States and from there back to Asia carrying new loads. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2023 The first is an introduction to the theme of love in Russian literature, with generous surveys of works from Pushkin onward. Elizabeth Powers, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 And from its titanic, tympanic entrance onward, the mounting and ultimately triumphant energy of the final movement had audience members bouncing their legs and bobbing their heads. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024
Adjective
An evolutionary analysis of the genetic sequences suggested there were at least 109 spillover events from humans to deer, with evidence of onward transmission in deer from there. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 13 July 2023 In the intervening months, prices for natural diamonds have been under intense pressure from both global instability and the onward march of LGD, leading to some countries withholding rough supply while the market stabilizes. Kate Matthams, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Macy’s Return deadline of Jan. 31 for any purchase made from Oct. 2 onward Marshall’s Return deadline of Jan. 25 for purchases made between Oct. 8 and Dec. 24. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 25 Dec. 2023 Travelers flying to Europe on Air Canada can now seamlessly book trains to their onward destinations thanks to the carrier’s new air-to-rail program. Stella Shon, Travel + Leisure, 11 Dec. 2023 The violence of the Second Intifada and onward isn’t only because of the triggers like Sharon visiting the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 The spike in migration was made possible by the discovery this year of a new route through Nicaragua, where relaxed entry requirements allow Mauritanians and a handful of other foreign nationals to purchase a low-cost visa without proof of onward travel. Jake Offenhartz, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 Using the Pixel Tablet in hub mode to watch live TV. Big screen Android apps still aren’t going to outperform Apple’s A14 Bionic and onward chips, which can run higher resolutions at up to 120 hertz. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 29 June 2023 Tracing the onward trails is only possible as a result of marked specificity in regional distribution of the genetic branches The geographic clarity of both male and female gene trees is a big departure from the fuzzy inter-regional picture shown by older genetic studies. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 28 Mar. 2010 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of onward was in the 15th century

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“Onward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onward. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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onward

1 of 2 adverb
on·​ward ˈȯn-wərd How to pronounce onward (audio)
ˈän-
variants also onwards
: toward or at a point lying ahead in space or time : forward
kept moving onward

onward

2 of 2 adjective
: directed or moving onward
the onward march of time

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