Definition of outward adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈaʊtwəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaʊtwərd//
    [only before noun]
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  1. 1connected with the way people or things seem to be rather than with what is actually true Mark showed no outward signs of distress. She simply observes the outward forms of religion. To all outward appearances (= as far as it was possible to judge from the outside) they were perfectly happy. There were no outward signs that the house was inhabited. opposite inward
  2. 2going away from a particular place, especially one that you are going to return to the outward voyage/journey
  3. 3away from the centre or a particular point outward movement outward investment (= in other countries) Managers need to become more outward-looking (= more open to new ideas). opposite inward
  4. Word OriginOld English ūtweard (see out-, -ward).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: outward