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 outwards (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

exterior, external, outer, outside

Synonyms: Noun

appearance, face, guise, name, seeming, semblance, show

Antonyms: Adjective

inner, inside, interior, internal, inward

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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

But most actually reserve judgment, and maintain at least outward agnosticism. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Aliens," 5 June 2019 Jason, who promised his clients gorgeous French doors that opened up into the backyard, realized too late that the doors opened inward instead of outward. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins Episode Two Steps Up to the Challenge of Contemporary," 9 May 2019 Reddit user u/Waitingforadragon thinks that Jon's cold shoulder is an outward reflection of his inward identity crisis. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Why Didn't Jon Snow Say Goodbye to Ghost the Direwolf on 'Game of Thrones'?," 8 May 2019 Around the same time, Richard became much more outward with his disease to his friends and co-workers. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Meredith Vieira's Husband and Kids Have Had to Face Many Uphill Battles Together," 1 May 2019 But Beijing’s flagship program of outward investment in several ways has been outmatched by Japan’s near-silent efforts. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Japan’s Silent Belt and Road Is Beating China’s," 22 Apr. 2019 The great Italian Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci may have suffered from an unusual visual tic: an intermittent outward turn of the eye, clinically known as strabismus. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Da Vinci’s possible vision disorder may have influenced his art," 18 Oct. 2018 The researchers reported that the sheer weight of the galaxy, from its huge cloud of gas, puts so much inward pressure on the monster's body that the outward pressure of its spin can't compensate. Rafi Letzter, Fox News, "This ancient 'monster' galaxy should have destroyed itself," 30 Aug. 2018 Despite outward appearances, however, there are plenty of updated conveniences to be found, including a padded sleeve that'll hold a 15-inch laptop, a media pocket complete with headphone port, and a padded mesh lining to help keep your back cool. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Backpacks for the Daily Grind," 2 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Keep your arms as straight as possible; pull the band on each end until the band touches the highest point of your chest; and release back outward. NBC News, "Train like an athlete: 5 postpartum exercises the Lamoureux twins love," 7 June 2019 With onyx along the lash line, extending in a wing that swung outward from each eye, Prinsloo also applied liquid liner on the inner corners alone, leaving the waterline untouched. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Behati Prinsloo Has the Simplest Trick for Cool-Girl Eyeliner," 6 June 2019 Visitors can see early work, too, such as his IIT architecture master’s thesis building, a model skyscraper that leans outward toward the Chicago River to grab more view, more light. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Virgil Abloh's journey — from T-shirts to Kanye West to Louis Vuitton — now stops at the MCA for an exhibit devoted to the Rockford artist," 5 June 2019 Finally, place the tips of all 10 fingers in the center of your forehead and draw your fingers outward. Elizabeth Kiefer, The Seattle Times, "Jade rollers: Puffy-eye wonder cure or sham?," 26 Mar. 2019 Acer’s Predator Triton 900 pairs its formidable firepower with a 17-inch, 4K display that swivels on its hinge so the screen faces outward. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019 During that time, people once again began looking outward. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Notre Dame Is a Cruel Metaphor for Our World Right Now," 25 Apr. 2019 But for stars closer in size to the sun, there's an end stage where—when all the hydrogen reserves are spent—the star expands outward, shredding planets in the path. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Think They've Found a Dead Planetary Core Orbiting a Dead Star," 4 Apr. 2019 Instead of punk’s outward push, you guys pulled inward. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Peter Hook on a life in Joy Division, New Order and the Light," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With nothing but unusable attic space above the bedroom, Ross decided to expand upwards—not outwards—by installing a tray ceiling. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How Installing a Tray Ceiling Can Totally Transform a Room," 22 Mar. 2019 The National Hurricane Center said the hurricane’s peak winds have decreased slightly to 125 mph but the size of the wind field has increased to outwards of 70 miles from the center.. Fox News, "Hurricane Florence, 'storm of a lifetime,' generating 83-foot high waves as it barrels towards Carolina coast," 13 Sep. 2018 Roll the remaining pizza ball flat, working from the center outwards. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Ciao Ristorante is Italian food with the ultimate Sicilian twist," 3 July 2018 Regularly rubbing your eyes vigorously also puts you at risk for an eye condition called keratoconus, which causes your corneas to become thin and bulge outwards, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Mistakes You're Making With Your Eyes," 4 Apr. 2018 Turn your palm to face outward and guide your arm back around to its starting position. Brian Maher, Philly.com, "Why you need to add this joint mobility routine to your workout," 8 May 2018 Cleanse with a facial cleansing oil, deeply massaging the skin outwards and upwards to awaken the facial muscles and open the face. 2. Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Favorite Facialist Shares Her At-Home Routine for Glowing Skin," 2 May 2018 The unfashionably tall glasshouse on the new Forester should result in excellent outwards vision for the driver and all their passengers. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The New Subaru Forester Gets Better in Almost Every Way," 29 Mar. 2018 Cover the top of the cup with the balloon with the tied neck facing outward. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Create a Ring of Air!," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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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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