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 if previous generations looked outward and overseas for inspiration, Hanoi’s new wave is gazing inward. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Over the last several decades space exploration has been focused on looking outward to the edge of the solar system and beyond. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Probe Gets Closer to Sun Than Any Human-Made Object in History," 30 Oct. 2018 The sun symbolizes our ego and outward expression, while the sensitive moon governs our emotional inner-world. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 The second-row seating is comfortable enough, but the XC40’s signature flourish—the kick-up of the rear window line at the rear doors—limits outward views and makes the rear cabin kind of dark. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Volvo XC40: Routine Ride, Premium Price," 8 June 2018 This outward view ultimately resulted in Milwaukee’s beers being distributed far beyond the Windy City. Mike Pramik, USA TODAY, "Milwaukee breweries from classic to craft," 6 June 2018 Edward finds his raucous desires reflected in rock, desires that take outward expression in sweaty dancing. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In On Chesil Beach, a Longing Unfulfilled," 17 May 2018 Freud said, Laughter is the outward expression of the psyche. The Economist, "Ken Dodd died on March 11th," 22 Mar. 2018 On the plus side, Graphcore is extending the colorful designs to the rackmount exteriors, using the various shapes for the heat vents in a more outward-facing area, too. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Graphcore’s new AI chips are the best-looking server processors you’ll never see," 26 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Earth’s magnetic field, also called the magnetosphere, is generated by currents of molten iron in the planet’s interior and extends outward from the poles in great bulging arcs. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "When the Sun’s Magnetic Field Squashes the Earth’s Magnetic Field, Beautiful Things Happen," 14 Feb. 2019 So whatever liquid remains at the center flows outward to the edges, dragging particles with it. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 With the logo facing outward, slide the circles over your biceps one at a time, placing them a couple inches above each elbow. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "This Exercise Tool Can Help You Finally Master Push-ups," 5 Feb. 2019 Similarly, when a drop of watercolor paint dries, the pigment particles of color break outward, toward the rim of the drop. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 In the style of Houston and the Dallas Metroplex, San Antonio has also sprawled outward. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "San Antonio, the nation’s fastest-growing city, sees downtown rebound," 23 Oct. 2018 The moving louvers fold outward and up and down, providing roof shading, privacy, and a deck-like platform when fully open. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This apartment building’s facade blooms like a flower," 23 Aug. 2018 Additionally, the corona is constantly breaking away from the Sun, flowing outward and bathing the planets in the Solar System. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch a spacecraft get blasted to the Sun tomorrow morning," 10 Aug. 2018 Trace the stencil along the top and bottom of the broadcloth, with the point always facing outward, and cut out. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Make a Moana Costume for Halloween," 1 Aug. 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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