Definition of outward in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈoutwərd/


1Of, on, or from the outside: the vehicle’s outward and interior appearance
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  • I only relinquish acceptance of this nomination under the pressure of outward circumstances, a nomination which I regard as a great honour in every respect.
  • The cell thus exerts outward pressure on its cell wall, and when all cells are maintaining this pressure, the plant gains rigidity.
  • These scenes were videotaped rather than shot on film, to give the landscape an intimate intensity as the outward manifestation of his interior struggle.
1.1Relating to the external appearance of something rather than its true nature or substance: an outward display of friendliness
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  • It may be theologically sound, but I am uncomfortable with the emphasis on outward form rather than true inner spiritual acceptance of the message.
  • Though just an anatomical study, it already foreshadowed the sculptor's later efforts to reveal the essence rather than merely copy outward appearances.
  • There has been a lot said lately about a person's outward appearance being a true reflection of the inner being.
1.2 archaic Outer: the outward physical body
2Going out or away from a place: the outward voyage
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  • That is, the freight of a ship for a single outward voyage from Britain was computed by the Navy Board according to the amount of cargo, usually expressed in tons, actually loaded on a vessel.
  • You can return with consecutive flights and regain the day lost on the outward journey.
  • Take one aspirin on the outward bound journey and two within 36 hours of return.


Away from the center or a particular point; toward the outside: a window that opens outward the solar wind that rushes outward from the sun
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  • Cue balls also have sweet spots that radiate outward from the center.
  • As the particle gains energy, it picks up speed and spirals outward from the center of the machine.
  • The first priority of builders is the immediate surrounding environment, starting with the home and moving outward from there.



Pronunciation: /ˈoutwərdnəs/
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  • The very grammar and syntax - the apparently casual and impatient plus-signs, the compound words and accumulated adjectives - are, on reflection, less about clutter and outwardness than internal, inaccessible meditation.
  • Argonauts of the future, or shipwrecked sailors of the past, we move from actual space to imaginary space, from inwardness to outwardness, from intimacy to immensity.


Old English ūtweard (see out-, -ward).

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Syllabification: out·ward

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