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OUTWARD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does outward mean? 

OUTWARD (adjective)
  The adjective OUTWARD has 2 senses:

1. relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind
2. that is going out or leaving

  Familiarity information: OUTWARD used as an adjective is rare.


OUTWARD (adverb)
  The adverb OUTWARD has 1 sense:

1. toward the outside

  Familiarity information: OUTWARD used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OUTWARD (adjective)


Sense 1outward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind

Context example:

a concern with outward beauty rather than with inward reflections

Similar:

external (purely outward or superficial)

outer (located outside)

Also:

superficial (being or affecting or concerned with a surface; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually)

Attribute:

outwardness (concern with or responsiveness to outward things (especially material objects as opposed to ideal concepts))

Antonym:

inward (relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts)


Sense 2outward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

That is going out or leaving

Synonyms:

outbound; outward-bound; outward

Context examples:

the departing train / an outward journey / outward-bound ships

Similar:

outgoing (leaving a place or a position)


OUTWARD (adverb)


Sense 1outward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Toward the outside

Synonyms:

outward; outwards

Context example:

move the needle further outward!

Antonym:

inward (toward the center or interior)


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