outward

adjective
out·​ward | \ ˈau̇t-wərd How to pronounce outward (audio) \

Definition of outward

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : moving, directed, or turned toward the outside or away from a center an outward flow
2 : situated on the outside : exterior
3 : of or relating to the body or to appearances rather than to the mind or the inner life outward beauty
4 : external

outward

adverb
out·​ward | \ ˈau̇t-wərd How to pronounce outward (audio) \
variants: or outwards \ ˈau̇t-​wərdz How to pronounce outward (audio) \

Definition of outward (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : toward the outside
2 obsolete : on the outside : externally

outward

noun

Definition of outward (Entry 3 of 3)

: external form, appearance, or reality

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Synonyms & Antonyms for outward

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of outward in a Sentence

Adjective They showed no outward signs of fear, but they must have been afraid. She was waiting for some outward expression of his love. To all outward appearances, their marriage was quite normal. outward symptoms of the disease The outward migration of people from the city has hurt the city's economy greatly. He made a slight outward movement with his right hand. Adverb The window faces outward toward the street. Stand with your heels together, toes pointing outward. air flowing outwards from the lungs Noun never was there in a man such a fine, heroic outward and such a cowardly interior
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective What stood out to Mediate during the playoff: Woods’ refusal to display any outward displays of pain. Sean Gregory, Time, "Tiger Woods Once Beat Rocco Mediate On A Broken Leg. He Says Now: Don't Count Tiger Out," 26 Feb. 2021 High personal income and other tax rates exacerbated the outward migration trend. Veena Jetti, Forbes, "Why 2021 Is A Watershed Year For The Multifamily Housing Industry," 25 Feb. 2021 Like a pair of reversed scissors, spreaders start in a closed position and apply outward force, moving apart steel and fiberglass frames with ease, giving victims the space to be removed from a hazard. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Jaws of Life: What to know about tool used in harrowing rescue missions," 23 Feb. 2021 The frontman of music group Years & Years, Alexander brings charisma and magnetism to Ritchie, whose outward boisterousness is at odds with an internal shame. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: HBO Max's AIDS crisis drama 'It's A Sin' is the best show of 2021 so far," 22 Feb. 2021 Last November, scientists from Virginia Tech published research on the inward and outward effectiveness of cloth face masks, surgical masks, and face shields. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Cloth Masks, Surgical Masks, or Double Masks: Which Are Safest?," 22 Jan. 2021 But while the administration's outward focus was on the pandemic, the trial was inescapable within the West Wing. Jonathan Lemire And Alexandra Jaffe, Star Tribune, "Biden thinks impeachment video may have swayed `some minds'," 11 Feb. 2021 For much of a star’s life, the inward pull of gravity is delicately balanced by the outward push of radiation from nuclear reactions inside the star’s core. Quanta Magazine, "Secret Ingredient Found to Power Supernovas," 21 Jan. 2021 In fact, while there seem to be few if any adverse consequences these findings may underlie rich and diverse cultural references to the outward force and power of the gaze. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "When Our Gaze Is a Physical Force," 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Blood would flow into a small chamber with a spinning metal disk at its center; the disk, like a propeller, would push blood outward into the lungs and the rest of the body. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How to Build an Artificial Heart," 1 Mar. 2021 Pound chicken in a sliding motion, from centers outward, until an even 1/4 inch thick. Gabriella Vigoreaux, Good Housekeeping, "Chicken Schnitzel, 3 Ways," 26 Feb. 2021 Then the magic expands outward like a supernova, washing out and transforming the entire town into a black and white, ever so much more manicured, version of itself. Erik Kain, Forbes, "‘WandaVision’ Episode 8 Review: A Powerful Journey Through Wanda’s Grief," 26 Feb. 2021 When going uphill, a skier may angle the tips of the skis outward and use a herringbone technique. Kyle Schurman, chicagotribune.com, "What is cross-country skiing?," 26 Feb. 2021 Some aviation-safety experts and regulators have been growing increasingly concerned about whether engine covers are robust enough to withstand the impact of a fan blade’s breaking off and shooting outward during flights. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing Moved to Replace 777 Engine Covers Before Recent Failures," 25 Feb. 2021 Correct it: If your knees buckle inward, place a mini band around the thighs and practice the squat while pushing outward against the band. Mallory Creveling, Health.com, "These 8 Exercises Will Work Your Whole Body—and Here’s How to Do Them Right," 18 Feb. 2021 As that water pushes outward, something has to fill the void. Matt Simon, Wired, "Scientists Accidentally Discover Strange Creatures Under a Half Mile of Ice," 15 Feb. 2021 Robertson, 21, has been dinged for his skating ability, a wonky stride as his legs swing outward and his torso stays upright, but one that is surprisingly useful in making his way around the ice. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Despite his critics, Stars rookie Jason Robertson is finding ways to contribute at the NHL level," 11 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eric’s outward-facing spirituality was a mask for the torment beneath the surface. Tanya Selvaratnam, Glamour, "America Has Been in an Abusive Relationship. Here's How We Get Out," 22 Feb. 2021 The immune system that patrols your outward-facing mucosal surfaces—spaces like the nose, the throat, the lungs, and digestive tract—relies on immunoglobulin A, or IgA antibodies. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Can you spread Covid-19 if you get the vaccine?," 11 Jan. 2021 Temur maintained that many of these texts had nothing to do with shielding money and assets from his mother, outward appearances to the contrary. New York Times, "It’s Mother vs. Son in Britain’s Priciest Divorce War," 5 Jan. 2021 And they too could be produced by simulating unusual, outward-pulling forces. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology," 19 Nov. 2020 Carefully apply the primer from the center outward. Paul Wright, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Car Paint Chips," 13 Nov. 2020 Even corporate data centers are moving toward a cloud model, though they've been focused inward instead of outward. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Dr. Strangenet—or, how I stopped worrying and embraced the WFH IT apocalypse," 2 Nov. 2020 The outer packaging of The Child palette features a super cute illustration of Baby Yoda, complete with his outward-perking ears and big, cheerful-looking eyes. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Colourpop Is Launching a Baby Yoda Eye Shadow Palette, and Try It, You Must," 26 Oct. 2020 Man looks at the outward, but God looks at the heart. The Rev. Mike Taylor, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Taylor: We can act the part, look the part, but God sees the heart | RELIGION COMMENTARY," 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of outward

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outward was before the 12th century

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“Outward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outward. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for outward

outward

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of outward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the way that someone or something looks or seems on the outside
: able to be seen
: moving or directed away from something

outward

adverb

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

: toward the outside of something : away from a center
: away from yourself

outward

adjective
out·​ward | \ ˈau̇t-wərd How to pronounce outward (audio) \

Kids Definition of outward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : moving or turned toward the outside or away from a center an outward flow
2 : showing on the outside Surely it must hurt her … But if it did she gave no outward sign.— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

outward

adverb
variants: or outwards \ ˈau̇t-​wərdz \

Kids Definition of outward (Entry 2 of 2)

: away from a center The city stretches outward for miles.

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