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onward

[on-werd, awn-]
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adverb Also on·wards.
  1. toward a point ahead or in front; forward, as in space or time.
  2. at a position or point in advance.
adjective
  1. directed or moving onward or forward; forward.

Origin of onward

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at on, -ward

Synonym study

1. See forward.

Antonyms

1, 3. backward.
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onward

adjective
  1. directed or moving forwards, onwards, etc
adverb
  1. a variant of onwards
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Word Origin and History for onward

adv.

late 14c., from on + -ward. The form onwards, with adverbial genitive -s-, is attested from c.1600.

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