downward

[ doun-werd ]
/ ˈdaʊn wərd /

adverb

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.

adjective

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

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Nearby words

  1. downtown,
  2. downtrend,
  3. downtrodden,
  4. downturn,
  5. downvote,
  6. downward mobility,
  7. downwardly,
  8. downwards,
  9. downwash,
  10. downwelling

Origin of downward

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

Related formsdown·ward·ly, adverbdown·ward·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for downwards

downwards

downward

/ (ˈdaʊnwədz) /

adverb

from a higher to a lower place, level, etc
from an earlier time or source to a laterfrom the Tudors downwards

downward

/ (ˈdaʊnwəd) /

adjective

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

adverb

a variant of downwards
Derived Formsdownwardly, adverbdownwardness, noun

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Word Origin and History for downwards

downward

adv.

c.1200, from down (adv.) + -ward. Old English had aduneweard in this sense. Downwards, with adverbial genitive, had a parallel in Old English ofduneweardes.

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