What does onward mean?

Definitions for onward
ˈɒn wərd, ˈɔn-on·ward

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forth, forward, onwardadverb

    forward in time or order or degree

    "from that time forth"; "from the sixth century onward"

  2. ahead, onward, onwards, forward, forwards, forraderadverb

    in a forward direction

    "go ahead"; "the train moved ahead slowly"; "the boat lurched ahead"; "moved onward into the forest"; "they went slowly forward in the mud"


  1. onwardadverb

    In a forward direction.

    Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war...

  2. onwardadjective

    Moving forward.

    There was an onward rush as the gates opened

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Onwardadverb

    Etymology: ondweard , Saxon.

    My lord,
    When you went onward on this ended action,
    I look’d upon her with a soldier’s eye. William Shakespeare.

    Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
    The monster moving onward came as fast,
    With horrid strides. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ii.

    Him thro’ the spicy forest onward come
    Adam discern’d, as in the door he sat
    Of his cool bow’r. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.

    Not one looks backward, onward still he goes,
    Yet ne’er looks forward farther than his nose. Alexander Pope.

    Philoxenus came to see how onward the fruits were of his friends labour. Philip Sidney.

    You are already so far onward of your way, that you have forsaken the imitation of ordinary converse. Dryden.

    A little onward lend thy guiding hand
    To these dark steps, a little farther on. John Milton.


  1. onward

    Onward generally refers to movement in a forward direction or towards a place or point in time. It implies progression or continuation of a certain action, suggesting a direction that is ahead or in advance. This term can be used in a literal sense, such as physical movement, or in a metaphorical sense, such as a reference to the future or further development.


  1. Onward

    Onward is a town in Tipton Township, Cass County, Indiana, United States. The population was 100 at the 2010 census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Onward

    on′ward, adj. going on: advancing: advanced.—adv. (also On′wards) toward a point on or in front: forward.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. onward

    Toward the point before or in front; forward; as, to move onward.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of onward in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of onward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of onward in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Harrison:

    Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.

  2. Lila Rose:

    Having the ultrasound on the fridge, baby pictures from the womb onward, is extremely compelling for millennials and shows the humanity of the child from the beginning.

  3. Mike Knopp:

    Aubrey loved the phrase 'onward and upward' and that epitomizes what has happened to Oklahoma City. Let's take time to reflect on how many lives he had affected, (This) is a special opportunity to recognize a special individual, a fallen athlete and someone who has made a tremendous impact on our city.

  4. Nathaniel Hawthorne:

    The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.

  5. Victoria Nuland:

    A number of the things that the Ukrainians requested are not readily available unless the U.S. were to license onward export.

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    lacking orderly continuity
    • A. dangerous
    • B. opaque
    • C. disjointed
    • D. alternate

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