onward

adverb
on·​ward | \ ˈȯn-wərd How to pronounce onward (audio) , ˈän- \
variants: or less commonly onwards \ ˈȯn-​wərdz How to pronounce onward (audio) , ˈän-​ \

Definition of onward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

onward

adjective

Definition of onward (Entry 2 of 2)

: directed or moving onward : forward

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Synonyms for onward

Synonyms: Adverb

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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 The new exhibition also has artifacts from Philip's time in the Royal Navy from 1939 onward into World War II. Lanford Beard, PEOPLE.com, 23 July 2021 For now, his restaurant is only open for dinner on weekdays, instead of from lunch onward. Elena Becatoros, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 For now, his restaurant is only open for dinner on weekdays, instead of from lunch onward. Elena Becatoros, ajc, 29 June 2021 But from 2022 onward, the EU recovery fund will likely become the largest source of new bonds, selling roughly €150 billion each year, overtaking Germany, France and Italy. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, 25 June 2021 Stan went through the four years, received his college degree, and then decided not to go onward in the priestly quest. Star Tribune, 6 Mar. 2021 Health authorities in San Diego have ruled that those crossing into California must remain at the hotel for 10 days before being allowed to go onward. New York Times, 6 Feb. 2021 Hold here for three breaths, or proceed onward if flexibility allows. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, 22 Dec. 2020 Copper has been mined in Congo since at least the fourth century, and the deposits were known to Portuguese slave traders from the fifteenth century onward. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Visitors need to fill out an online health declaration form and provide proof of onward travel. Kathleen Peddicord, Forbes, 1 July 2020 Not only was market power criticized for its ineffectiveness at checking the spread of social liberalism, it was condemned as co-conspiring and collaborating with the onward march of the cultural Left. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 15 June 2021 For those who do become infected, test positive and need to isolate, an isolation hotel should be identified -- preferably nearby -- in order to minimize any potential for onward spread. Jeremy Samuel Faust And Michael J. Mina, CNN, 15 June 2021 The economic trajectory, though interrupted, is still onward and upward. Dallas News, 6 June 2021 Results indicated that the rapid antigen tests can detect 83 percent to 89.5 percent of infections leading to onward transmission. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Studies from Israel and the U.K. suggest the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE is highly effective at preventing onward transmission. Jason Douglas, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 And that's how deal making went in Minnesota last year — onward but different. Star Tribune, 7 Feb. 2021 So at least that bit of hockey nostalgia has not been lost to the onward march of technology. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of onward

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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27 Jul 2021

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“Onward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onward. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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onward

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of onward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to or toward what is ahead in space or time

onward

adjective

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

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

onward

adverb
on·​ward | \ ˈȯn-wərd How to pronounce onward (audio) , ˈän- \

Kids Definition of onward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

onward

adjective

Kids Definition of onward (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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