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



BrE BrE//ˈdaʊnwəd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊnwərd//
[usually before noun]
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moving or pointing towards a lower level the downward slope of a hill the downward trend in inflation She was trapped in a downward spiral of personal unhappiness. The business was on a downward path, finally closing in 2008. Subsidence is the downward movement of a site on which a building stands. opposite upward Word OriginMiddle English: shortening of Old English adūnweard.

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