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Princeton's WordNet

  1. outwardadjective

    relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind

    "a concern with outward beauty rather than with inward reflections"

  2. outbound, outward, outward-boundadverb

    that is going out or leaving

    "the departing train"; "an outward journey"; "outward-bound ships"

  3. outward, outwardsadverb

    toward the outside

    "move the needle further outward!"


  1. outwardadverb

    Towards the outside; away from the centre.

    We are outward bound.

  2. outwardadverb

    Outwardly, in outer appearances; publicly.

  3. outwardadjective

    outer; located towards the outside

  4. outwardadjective

    visible, noticeable

    By all outward indications, he's a normal happy child, but if you talk to him, you will soon realize he has some psychological problems.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Outwardadjective

    Etymology: utweard , Saxon.

    If these shews be not outward, which of you
    But is four Volscians? William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Oh what may man within him hide,
    Though angel on the outward side! William Shakespeare.

    He took a low’ring leave; but who can tell
    What outward hate might inward love conceal? Dryden.

    Princes have their titles for their glories,
    An outward honour, for an inward toil. William Shakespeare.

    Part in peace, and having mourn’d your sin
    For outward Eden lost, find paradise within. Dryden.

    It was intended to raise an outward war to join with some sedition within doors. John Hayward.

    The fire will force its outward way,
    Or, in the prison pent, consume the prey. Dryden.

    When the soul being inwardly moved to lift itself up by prayer, the outward man is surprized in some other posture; God will rather look to the inward motions of the mind, than to the outward form of the body. Brian Duppa.

  2. Outwardadverb

  3. Outwardnoun

    External form.

    I do not think
    So fair an outward, and such stuff within,
    Endows a man but him. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.


  1. Outward

    Outward is an open world fantasy role-playing video game developed by Canadian studio Nine Dots and published by Deep Silver. The game can be played in multiplayer both online and locally through split-screen. The game focuses on survival as well as the concept of the player being a commoner rather than a hero, and features several survival game aspects. It released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in March 2019, Google Stadia in November 2020, and for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S alongside the launch of Outward: Definitive Edition in May 2022.


  1. outward

    Outward refers to something moving or directed towards the outside or away from a central point or a specific place. It can also relate to characteristics, behaviors, or expressions that are noticeable or visible to others.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Outward

    owt′ward, adj. toward the outside: external: exterior: not inherent, adventitious: (theol.) worldly, carnal—opp. to Inward or spiritual: (B.) public.—adv. toward the exterior: away from port: to a foreign port: superficially—also Out′wards.—n. Out′ward (Shak.), external form: the outside.—adj. Out′ward-bound, bound outwards or to a foreign port.—adv. Out′wardly, in an outward manner: externally: in appearance.—n. Out′wardness.—adj. Out′ward-saint′ed, appearing outwardly to be a saint.

  2. Outward

    owt-wawrd′, n. a ward in a detached building connected with a hospital.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. outward

    A vessel is said to be entered outwards or inwards according as she is entered at the custom-house to depart for, or as having arrived from, foreign parts.

Anagrams for outward »

  1. drawout

  2. outdraw

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of outward in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of outward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of outward in a Sentence

  1. Henry Van Dyke:

    Happiness is inward and not outward and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.

  2. Johann von Goethe:

    There is a courtesy of the heart it is allied to love. From it springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.

  3. Andreas Lubitz:

    Psychology can explain why somebody would turn rage inward on themselves about the fact that maybe they weren't going to keep doing their job and they're upset about that and so they're suicidal, but there is no mental illness that explains why somebody then feels entitled to also take that rage and turn it outward on 149 other people who had nothing to do with the person's problems.

  4. Francis Bacon:

    Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order.

  5. Jason Oviatt:

    He was sort of vacant. He was very relaxed, he was very calm and sort of disconnected ... not displaying any outward emotion or any outward sign of real engagement in what's going on, he was very sweaty. He smelled bad.

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