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outward

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adjective out·ward \ˈau̇t-wərd\

Definition of outward

  1. 1 :  moving, directed, or turned toward the outside or away from a center an outward flow

  2. 2 :  situated on the outside :  exterior

  3. 3 :  of or relating to the body or to appearances rather than to the mind or the inner life outward beauty

  4. 4 :  external

Examples of outward in a Sentence

  1. They showed no outward signs of fear, but they must have been afraid.

  2. She was waiting for some outward expression of his love.

  3. To all outward appearances, their marriage was quite normal.

  4. outward symptoms of the disease

  5. The outward migration of people from the city has hurt the city's economy greatly.

  6. He made a slight outward movement with his right hand.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of outward

before 12th century


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outward

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adverb out·ward \ˈau̇t-wərd\
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outwards

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Definition of outward

  1. 1 :  toward the outside

  2. 2 obsolete :  on the outside :  externally

Examples of outward in a Sentence

  1. The window faces outward toward the street.

  2. Stand with your heels together, toes pointing outward.

  3. air flowing outwards from the lungs

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of outward

before 12th century


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outward

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Definition of outward

  1. :  external form, appearance, or reality

Examples of outward in a Sentence

  1. never was there in a man such a fine, heroic outward and such a cowardly interior

15th Century

First Known Use of outward

15th century



OUTWARD Defined for English Language Learners

outward

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adjective

Definition of outward for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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adverb

Definition of outward for English Language Learners

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

  • : away from yourself


OUTWARD Defined for Kids

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outward

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adjective out·ward \ˈau̇t-wərd\

Definition of outward for Students

  1. 1 :  moving or turned toward the outside or away from a center an outward flow

  2. 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


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outward

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adverb out·ward \ˈau̇t-wərdz\
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outwards

\ˈau̇t-wərdz\

Definition of outward for Students

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



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