[on-werd, awn-]

adverb Also on·wards.

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

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

Synonym study

1. See forward.

Antonyms for onward

1, 3. backward.
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Related Words for onward

onwards, forward, forth, along, beyond, moving, on, alee

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British Dictionary definitions for onward



directed or moving forwards, onwards, etc


a variant of onwards
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Word Origin and History for onward

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

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