outward

adjective
out·ward | \ˈau̇t-wərd \

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 \
variants: or outwards \ˈau̇t-wərdz \

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

Facts: There's no outward sign that Trump's aggressive posturing changed anything for the alliance other than bruise its veneer of unity. Calvin Woodward And Hope Yen, chicagotribune.com, "Trump is in Europe and the truth is not with him: A fact check," 14 July 2018 To keep them from seizing, convulsing, or exhibiting any other outward signs of the adverse effects of the drugs that were actually killing them. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Untested Drugs at the Heart of Nevada's Execution Controversy," 11 July 2018 The messages in the windows of some of the cars were the only outward sign of protest after a week of demonstrations calling for the officer who shot Rose to be charged in the shooting. Fox News, "Mourners call for justice in Pittsburgh-area shooting of Antwon Rose," 25 June 2018 The messages in the windows of some of the cars were the only outward sign of protest after a week of demonstrations calling for the officer who shot Rose to be charged in the shooting. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Antwon Rose shooting: Funeral mourners honor black teen killed by police," 25 June 2018 In 2015, there were no obvious outward signs of the scandal that would come to engulf the sport. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "USA Gymnastics CEO said ‘we’re pretty good’ as sex abuse crisis was nearing," 12 June 2018 These are films where the greatest horror comes from inside, and any outward manifestations are a result of human beings’ inability to utilize their anxieties in any way that’s beneficial for the next generation. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Hereditary' Is Dividing Audiences," 10 June 2018 Judged by her outward appearance as opposed to what's in her heart. Ray Rogers, Billboard, "Lava Records' CEO Jason Flom on His New Children's Book 'Lulu Is a Rhinoceros' & the Future of Rock 'n' Roll," 10 July 2018 From all outward signs, liberal democracy is in retreat around the world. Cathy Young, BostonGlobe.com, "Is liberal democracy failing? No, it’s a victim of its own success," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Then, use the kabuki brush in upward, outward, and circular motions. 4. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "4 Easy Ways to Apply Flawless Foundation," 17 Apr. 2018 Those actions, combined with tighter restrictions by the Chinese government on money flowing outward, are stemming Chinese investment in the United States. New York Times, "Trump’s Trade War With China Pierces the Heart of Michigan," 12 July 2018 That dream once radiated outward, a beacon for people from less open-minded places. Mikael Wood, latimes.com, "In today's divisive political climate pop artists are shaping the new sound of protest music," 29 June 2018 Capofaro’s architecture is classical, with arches and columns that curve outward slightly, like barrels. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 Containment, Kennan argued, was necessary because Russian leaders, whether czarist or Soviet, would try to push outward, but would hold the line if met with a credible check. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "US-Europe ties and the audacity of July 1948," 9 July 2018 Line along your upper lash line with a soft bright pencil like COVERGIRL Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Blue Bloom, and then use the opposite smudging tip or your finger to diffuse the line and blend outward for a smoky effect. Rebecca Dolgin, Seventeen, "5 Super Easy Tricks to Slash 35 Minutes Off Your Morning Makeup Routine," 17 Aug. 2016 Working outward from her Omaha base at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Puleo drew together works by three-dozen regional artists – principally of Native American and Hispanic heritage – and created in response to contemporary events. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 As Dunkley pulls on various threads, the grim plot unfolds outward into secretive international relations between Australia, China and the United States. New York Times, "What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Secret City’ and ‘Blue Valentine’," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The bottom of the dress pooled outwards in a puffy skirt, making her look like a gorgeous metallic flower. De Elizabeth, Allure, "Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Were Literal Queens With Their Matching Gold Hairstyles," 20 Mar. 2018 Instead of opening outwards like a normal door, the rear doors on the Model X move upwards and fold out of the way. Jordan Golson, Ars Technica, "Tesla’s Model X: A lovely roadtripper with stiff daily driving competition," 21 Jan. 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 \

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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