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ˈɪn wərdin·ward

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inward(adj)

    relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts

    "a concern with inward reflections"

  2. inbound, inward(adverb)

    directed or moving inward or toward a center

    "the inbound train"; "inward flood of capital"

  3. inward, inwards(adverb)

    toward the center or interior

    "move the needle further inwards!"

  4. in, inwards, inward(adverb)

    to or toward the inside of

    "come in"; "smash in the door"


  1. inward(Adverb)

    Towards the inside.

    So much the rather, thou Celestial Light, Shine inward. uE000160124uE001 Milton.

  2. inward(Adjective)

    Situated on the inside; that is within, inner; belonging to the inside.

  3. inward(Adjective)

    Intimate, closely acquainted; familiar.

  4. Origin: From inneweard, corresponding to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inward(adj)

    being or placed within; inner; interior; -- opposed to outward

  2. Inward(adj)

    seated in the mind, heart, spirit, or soul

  3. Inward(adj)

    intimate; domestic; private

  4. Inward(noun)

    that which is inward or within; especially, in the plural, the inner parts or organs of the body; the viscera

  5. Inward(noun)

    the mental faculties; -- usually pl

  6. Inward(noun)

    an intimate or familiar friend or acquaintance

  7. Inward(adj)

    alt. of Inwards

  8. Origin: [AS. inweard, inneweard, innanweard, fr. innan, inne, within (fr. in in; see In) + the suffix -weard, E. -ward.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inward

    in′ward, adj. placed or being within: internal: seated in the mind or soul, not perceptible to the senses, as the 'inward part' of a sacrament: (B.) intimate.—n.pl. (B.) the intestines.—adv. toward the inside: toward the interior: into the mind or thoughts.—adv. In′wardly, in the parts within: in the heart: privately: toward the centre.—n. In′wardness, internal state: inner meaning or significance: (Shak.) intimacy, familiarity.—adv. In′wards, same as Inward. [A.S. inneweard (adv.).]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. inward

    The opposite of outward (which see).

How to pronounce inward?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inward in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of inward in a Sentence

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    As we grow oldthe beauty steals inward.

  2. Dag Hammarskjld:

    The longest journey is the journey inward.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    As we grow old…the beauty steals inward.

  4. Marcus Aurelius:

    To live happily is an inward power of the soul.

  5. Socrates:

    Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.

Images & Illustrations of inward

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