Definition of inward in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪnwəd/


1Directed or proceeding towards the inside; coming in from outside: inward mail a graceful inward movement of her wrist
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  • These molecules have their headgroup regions pointing outward into the solvent and the carbon chain directed inward toward each other.
  • If the singer takes a good breath and exhales on an ‘f’ sound he or she will feel the gradual upward and inward movement balanced by internal pressures.
  • Evidently Stickel did not consider the possibility that a plumber might have dug inward from outside the building and down just enough to repair malfunctioning plumbing.
towards the inside, going in, ingoing;
1.1Existing within the mind, soul, or spirit, and often not expressed: she felt an inward sense of release
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  • Pratyaahaar means withdrawal of senses from their objects and turning the mind inward.
  • For they are the inward actions of the mind in the spirits of the braine, whilest the bodie is occupied with sleepe: for as touching the mind it selfe, it never sleepeth.
  • We might also remark upon his buoyancy, an inward easiness of spirit.
private, personal, hidden, secret, veiled, masked, concealed, unexpressed, unrevealed;
informal bottled up
archaic privy


variant of inwards.
Example sentences
  • With no further warning, Valdaer swung his blades inward, toward the jar in front of him.
  • As soon as the horse begins to turn, which should happen inward toward the center and you, and as his flanks are in front of you, you drive them as before by stepping in towards them.
  • Do not roll your knees inward, toward each other.


Old English inweard, inneweard, innanweard (see in, -ward).

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