Definition of onward in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒnwəd/


1 (British also onwards) In a continuing forward direction; ahead: she stumbled onward
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  • It is picking yourself up when you stumble and continuing onward.
  • One round from this could obliterate half the head of anyone of you and still have enough forward motion to continue onward for another 50 feet.
  • This somewhat fazed him but he continued onwards.
1.1Forward in time: the period from 1969 onward
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  • From 1969 onward he was associated with the Navy's acquisitions from the Soviet Union.
  • Republicans would say they pushed back in '69 and then pushed forward from 1981 onwards.
  • From 1887 onward political associations and societies burst forth all over Spain.
1.2So as to make progress or become more successful: the business moved onward and upward
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  • But the change, which has to do with the existence of a group with a similar name, does indicate a move onward and upward, so power to the group formerly known as Treason.
  • I've now mastered most of what makes my job challenging, but I have no ambition to move onward and upward into anything more managerial or corporate.
  • From our viewpoint, we must put a disappointing weekend behind us and hopefully from now on it will be onward and upward.


(Of a journey) continuing or moving forward: informing passengers where to change for their onward journey figurative the onward march of history
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  • They were transferred to another ambulance for the onward journey.
  • The actor now vows to be more selective and cautious in his onward journey.
  • Leaders from African countries flew into Prestwick airport at Ayrshire in the morning for an onward journey to Gleneagles, in contrast with the transport chaos in London.

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