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

Externally, the CL2s keep RHA’s familiar look, exhibiting no outward signs of the new technology inside. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "RHA announces in-ear planar magnetic earphones with wireless option," 23 Aug. 2018 Amandla Stenberg knows firsthand how the right haircut can change a lot more than just your outward appearance. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Amandla Stenberg Talked Shaving Their Head and “Hunger Games” Beauty Frustrations," 18 Sep. 2018 Amandla Stenberg knows firsthand how the right haircut can change more than just your outward appearance. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Amandla Stenberg: Stylists Have Made Me Feel Like My Natural Hair Is 'Too Challenging'," 18 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Gently stretch the dough to the edge of the sheet by placing your hands underneath and pulling outward. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Samin Nosrat Wants Viewers to Cook What They See on Her New Netflix Show, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," 19 Oct. 2018 That dream once radiated outward, a beacon for people from less open-minded places. Mikael Wood, kansascity, "KCK’s Janelle Monae and other pop artists shape the new sound of protest music," 6 July 2018 Dab the brush onto the tip of your lipstick and lightly sweep it onto your lips, working from the center outward to the edges. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "5 Tricky Beauty Techniques Made Easy," 12 Mar. 2012 As the amount of iron in the core approaches two solar masses, the core begins to collapse and then some of it bounces outward in a shockwave as a neutron star is formed. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Atoms may come apart as the Universe’s biggest stars explode," 24 Oct. 2018 Whereas competing student groups operate like local franchises of national organizations, Nashama is the inverse — a local entity planning to branch outward across the kingdom. Sean Yom, Washington Post, "Islamists are losing support in Jordan," 17 May 2018 Starting from center of dough, roll outward, rotating dough 2-3 inches after each roll, to create a true circle. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Recipes From the Golden Age of the Luncheon," 12 Sep. 2018 As populist and nationalist forces have come to power around the country, promoting inward-looking protectionist policies that echo those of the Trump administration, here is a production that faces outward, asserting Italy’s place in the world. Jason Horowitz, Vogue, "Meet the Adorable Italian Stars in HBO’s Elena Ferrante Adaptation, My Brilliant Friend," 14 Aug. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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