inward

[in-werd]

adverb Also in·wards.

adjective

noun

the inward or internal part; the inside.
inwards, the inward parts of the body; entrails; innards.

Origin of inward

before 900; Middle English; Old English inweard. See in, -ward
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inward

adjective

going or directed towards the middle of or into something
situated within; inside
of, relating to, or existing in the mind or spiritinward meditation
of one's own country or a specific countryinward investment

adverb

a variant of inwards (def. 1)

noun

the inward part; inside
Derived Formsinwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inward

Old English inweard, inneweard (adj., adv.) "inmost; sincere; internal, intrinsic; deep," from Proto-Germanic *inwarth "inward" (cf. Old Norse innanverðr, Old High German inwart, Middle Dutch inwaert), from root of Old English inne "in" (see in) + -weard (see -ward).

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