Definition of downward in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊnwəd/


(also downwards) Towards a lower place or level: he was lying face downward the floor sloped downwards
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  • It is generally longer than it is wide and its floor slopes downwards towards a junction either with another valley or a plain.
  • The talonid basin lacks rugosity and slopes gently downward towards the ectolophid.
  • I cast my gaze downwards towards the floor then looked back up at his hazel eyes.


Moving or leading towards a lower place or level: a downward trend in inflation
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  • He said construction inflation was on a downward trend and prices for tenders were coming down steadily.
  • They seem to envisage an irreversible downward spiral leading to the depopulation of Australia.
  • After all there is an intense competition, creating a downward spiral leading to unviable rates?


Middle English: shortening of Old English adūnweard.

Words that rhyme with downward


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