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



Definition of onward (Entry 2 of 2)

: directed or moving onward : forward

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 From that point onward, Monroe is played by Ana de Armas, in the kind of haunting and transformative role that should garner awards buzz. Douglas Greenwood, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2022 When an avalanche stops the Orient Express from moving onward, the world's greatest detective Hercule Poirot arrives just in time to investigate and solve before the killer strikes again. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 2 Aug. 2022 While there are several questions about the offensive line and other positions, there isn’t any doubt in Harsin’s mind that his team is moving onward. al, 21 July 2022 From 2020 onward, however, Britain transformed itself from China’s best partner in Europe to its harshest critic, sweeping away decades of foreign-policy consensus in the most drastic such shift in the Western world. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 2 Aug. 2022 Bears training camps through the years Relive highlights of training camps from 1940 onward. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2022 Their capture, however, would give Russia nearly all of Luhansk Province and a strong strategic platform from which to press onward into what remained of Donetsk. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022 The current missions involving the James Webb space telescope and all the missions to Mars have been pushed onward by that success. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 20 July 2022 Highs above the century mark are predicted over the remainder of Texas for at least the next week as this summer of relentless and punishing heat in the Lonestar State trudges onward. Ken Hoffman, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But the agency has continued to struggle since her arrival at the beginning of the Biden administration, notably with confusing messaging about how long people who have been infected need to isolate to try to prevent onward transmission. Helen Branswell, STAT, 22 Aug. 2022 They were given water, pizza and granola bars, and some were provided tickets for onward travel. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Less testing for monkeypox this summer will inevitably lead to more people suffering from ulcerating rashes, drenching night sweats, malodorous rectal discharge, and expansive onward spread. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 21 July 2022 If tecovirimat can accelerate time to recovery, patients are more likely to isolate fully, leading to less onward spread of the virus. Joseph Osmundson, STAT, 15 July 2022 Turn it on, and then from that point onward Facebook will ask for a login code if there’s an attempt to log in to your account from an unrecognized device or browser. Andy Meek, BGR, 26 June 2022 In non-lockdown times, Whitehall pubs spill onto the streets from 6 p.m. onward -- and overflow even more with proximity to the Houses of Parliament. Richard Galant, CNN, 6 Feb. 2022 Inside, volunteers in orange vests directed new arrivals to counters helping with accommodation, translation and onward journeys. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 But within weeks of the Soviet advance, crates of U.S.-funded weapons were being unloaded in the Pakistani port of Karachi, for onward delivery to the mujahideen. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of onward


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for onward


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.



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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