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outward

[ out-werd ]
/ ˈaʊt wərd /
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adjective

noun

that which is external; the external or material world.
outward appearance.

adverb Also out·wards.

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RELATED WORDS

apparent, noticeable, evident, exterior, external, observable, obvious, open, ostensible, out, outer, outside, over, perceptible, superficial, surface

Nearby words

outtrade, outturn, outvote, outwait, outwalk, outward, outward bound, outward-bound, outwardly, outwards, outwash

Origin of outward

before 900; Middle English; Old English ūtweard. See out, -ward
Related formsout·ward·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for outward

outward

/ (ˈaʊtwəd) /

adjective

adverb

(of a ship) away from port
a variant of outwards

noun

the outward part; exterior
Derived Formsoutwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for outward

outward


adj.

Old English utweard "toward the outside, external" (of an enclosure, surface, etc.), earlier utanweard, from ute, utan "outside" (from ut; see out) + -weard (see -ward). Of persons, in reference to the external appearance (usually opposed to inner feelings), it is attested from c.1500. Also as an adverb in Old English (utaword). Outward-bound "directed on a course out from home port" is first recorded c.1600; with capital initials, it refers to a sea school founded in 1941. Related: Outwardly; outwardness.

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