- toward a point ahead or in front; forward, as in space or time.
- at a position or point in advance.
- directed or moving onward or forward; forward.
Origin of onward
1. See forward.
1, 3. backward.
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Examples from the Web for onward
First appearing in 1779, sex-assignment surgeries became increasingly popular from the nineteenth century onward.Intersexuality and God Through the Ages
November 9, 2014
One example of that: Rudel was a prominent member of the neo-Nazi German Reich Party from 1953 onward.American Warplane’s Forgotten Nazi Past
October 12, 2014
This was not onward and upward for TV news, but it got good ratings for CNN, so expect to see more.Hillary Clinton’s Network Massage
June 10, 2014
First he headed to Juba, South Sudan, covering the ongoing crisis there for Anadola, and then, onward to Nigeria.Al Jazeera Journo Abdullah El-Shamy Goes On Hunger Strike In Egyptian Jail
March 29, 2014
But from Tora Bora onward, political life in America became one frustration after the next.Dear Frank Luntz: Here’s How to Be Happy Again
January 8, 2014
Our supreme task is the resumption of our onward, normal way.
This is the hope that beckons us onward in this century of trial.
And we are confident in principles that unite and lead us onward.
A long way round was now the only road, for onward he must go—on—on.The Biography of a Grizzly
Onward he strolled for a long time, but other adventure he found not.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
- directed or moving forwards, onwards, etc
- a variant of onwards
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Word Origin and History for onward
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