onward

adverb
on·​ward | \ ˈȯn-wərd How to pronounce onward (audio) , ˈän- \
variants: or less commonly onwards \ ˈȯn-​wərdz How to pronounce onwards (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: 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 route was popular with those traveling onward to Canada. Amir Vahdat And Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Iran blames bad communication, alignment for jet shootdown that killed all 176 people on board," 14 July 2020 Some authors pushed onward, but others have postponed their releases until late 2020 or even 2021. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Fug Girls on the book publishing industry and maintaining a small business online," 7 July 2020 Many authors who had books slotted to be published from March onward have had to reckon with the fact that promotional events and book tours—which are scheduled months in advance and are critical to publishing revenue—were going to be canceled. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Fug Girls on the book publishing industry and maintaining a small business online," 7 July 2020 That should be enough to keep it cruising onward, punching through the sky for maybe the next three decades, perhaps with the occasional part out of place. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Inside a training mission with a B-52 bomber, the aircraft that will not die," 24 June 2020 The Pixel 3 was for sale the entire year, having launched just a few months before 2019, and the cheaper Pixel 3a was available from May 2019 onward. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "IDC: Google outsells OnePlus with 7.2 million Pixel smartphones in 2019," 10 June 2020 Serious: Eddie Stanky -- The former pro baseball player wasn’t a Mobile native but is remembered fondly in Mobile for building a strong baseball program at the upstart University of South Alabama from 1969 onward. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al, "Rename the George Wallace Tunnel? To what?," 10 June 2020 But from the late ‘60s onward, almost nothing is known about the Groom Lake programs. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 The Evo can launch you to 60 miles an hour in 3.1 seconds, officially, and onward to a top speed of 202 m.p.h. New York Times, "German Accent, Italian Flair: How Audi Taught Lamborghini Quality," 2 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Successful preventives must also bar onward transmission, said Daniel Barouch, a researcher at the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard University. James Paton, Fortune, "The earliest coronavirus vaccines may not protect you from getting infected," 15 June 2020 The available data, to date, on onward infection from cases without symptoms comes from a limited number of studies with small samples that are subject to possible recall bias and for which fomite transmission cannot be ruled out. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "WHO butchers asymptomatic COVID comments. Here’s what they meant," 9 June 2020 Slow, Expensive Problems such as government agents and crumbling highways, which are beyond the control of APM Terminals, make onward travel of goods into Nigeria’s interior slow and expensive. William Clowes, Bloomberg.com, "Cargo Traffic Soars at Nigeria Ports on Benin Border Closure," 29 Apr. 2020 If they could be identified within that week and put into isolation with good infection control, there wouldn’t be onward spread. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "How the COVID-19 Pandemic Could End," 28 Apr. 2020 To avoid delays, testing will be conducted when guests arrive at their onward destination, according to Princess Cruises, which operates the ship. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "Coronavirus live updates: Italy expands lockdown to entire country," 9 Mar. 2020 All our customers were offered overnight accommodation and onward travel today (July 5) . David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Phone battery pack suspected cause of fire on Virgin Atlantic plane diverted to Boston," 11 July 2016 Many were taken to the airport in the port of Sihanoukville from which they were flown to the capital, Phnom Penh, to make onward connections to home. Washington Post, "Cambodia gets more praise for allowing cruise ship to dock," 15 Feb. 2020 And the first part of it, which says: 'In due deference … as requested … repositioning forces over the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement;' poorly worded; implies withdrawal. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon vigorously defends Trump’s decision to kill top Iranian general, and the intelligence behind it," 7 Jan. 2020

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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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“Onward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onward. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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onward

adverb
How to pronounce onward (audio)

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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