[ out-werd ]
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  1. proceeding or directed toward the outside or exterior, or away from a central point: the outward flow of gold; the outward part of a voyage.

  2. pertaining to or being what is seen or apparent, as distinguished from the underlying nature, facts, etc.; pertaining to surface qualities only; superficial: outward appearances.

  1. belonging or pertaining to external actions or appearances, as opposed to inner feelings, mental states, etc.: an outward show of grief.

  2. that lies toward the outside; that is on the outer side; exterior: an outward court.

  3. of or relating to the outside, outer surface, or exterior: to make repairs on the outward walls of a house.

  4. pertaining to the outside of the body; external.

  5. pertaining to the body, as opposed to the mind or spirit.

  6. belonging or pertaining to what is external to oneself: outward influences.

  1. that which is external; the external or material world.

  2. outward appearance.

adverbAlso outwards.
  1. toward the outside; out.

  2. visibly expressing one's inner feelings, mental state, etc.

  1. away from port: a ship bound outward.

  2. Obsolete. on the outside; externally.

Origin of outward

before 900; Middle English; Old English ūtweard.See out, -ward

Other words from outward

  • out·ward·ness, noun

Words Nearby outward

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British Dictionary definitions for outward


/ (ˈaʊtwəd) /

  1. of or relating to what is apparent or superficial

  2. of or relating to the outside of the body

  1. belonging or relating to the external, as opposed to the mental, spiritual, or inherent

  2. of, relating to, or directed towards the outside or exterior

  3. (of a ship, part of a voyage, etc) leaving for a particular destination

  4. the outward man

    • the body as opposed to the soul

    • facetious clothing

  1. (of a ship) away from port

  2. a variant of outwards

  1. the outward part; exterior

Derived forms of outward

  • outwardness, noun

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