[ doun-werd ]
/ ˈdaʊn wərd /


Also down·wards. from a higher to a lower place or condition.
down from a source or beginning: As the river flows downward, it widens.
from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor: The estate was handed downward from generation to generation.


moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
descending from a source or beginning.

Origin of downward

1150–1200; Middle English dounward, aphetic variant of adounward, Old English adūnweard. See down1, -ward

Related forms

down·ward·ly, adverbdown·ward·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for downwardly

British Dictionary definitions for downwardly


/ (ˈdaʊnwəd) /


descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
descending from a beginning


a variant of downwards

Derived Forms

downwardly, adverbdownwardness, noun
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