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Definition of downward adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



(also downwards
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 toward the ground or toward a lower level She was lying face downward on the grass. The garden sloped gently downward to the river. It was a move welcomed by politicans from the president downward. Nine percent of commuters used public transportation in 2008 and the trend is downward. Official projections of the spread of AIDS have mercifully been revised downward (= it has been predicted that the disease will not spread as fast as had earlier been suggested). opposite upward Language Bankfalldescribing a decrease Car crime in Greenville fell significantly last year. Car crime fell by about a quarter over a 12-month period. The number of stolen vehicles dropped from 1,013 to 780, a fall of 26 percent. According to these data, 780 vehicles were stolen, down 26% from the previous year. The city saw an 11%drop in reported thefts from motor vehicles from 1,871 to 1,737. These figures show that, as far as car crime is concerned, the main trend is downward.