- 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 onwards
A thread of anxiety started its twist into my stomach as the bus wound ever onwards into the dense blackness of night.Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil
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But this will not mean that we drive ever onwards towards greater sexual freedom--rather, it will mean quite the reverse.Why Gay Marriage Will Win, and Sexual Freedom Will Lose
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From the 80s onwards, after manufacturing collapsed, the inner cities were awash with hard drugs.A Tinderbox Waiting for a Match
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Follow in the steps of Heracles, our guide, and cheer each the other onwards by name.Anabasis
Of the monarchs from 1173 onwards who were not here crowned, Henry IV.The Cathedrals of Northern France
From the time of the "Krpitsa" onwards a regular colonization began.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
But from 1751 onwards, they were only held once in two years.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
He it was who dominated completely Prussian policy from 1862 onwards.German Culture Past and Present
Ernest Belfort Bax
- at or towards a point or position ahead, in advance, etc
- directed or moving forwards, onwards, etc
- a variant of onwards
Word Origin and History for onwards
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