towards the ground or towards a lower level She was lying face downwards on the grass. The garden sloped gently downwards to the river. It was a policy welcomed by world leaders from the US president downwards. Nine per cent of commuters used public transport in 2008 and the trend is downwards. Official projections of the spread of AIDS have mercifully been revised downwards (= it has been predicted that the disease will not spread as fast as had earlier been suggested). opposite upwards Language BankfallDescribing a decrease Car crime in Oxford 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 per cent. According to this data, 780 vehicles were stolen, 26% down on the previous year. There was an 11% drop in reported thefts from motor vehicles, from 1 971 to 1 737. These figures show that, as far as car crime is concerned, the main trend is downwards.