Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “outward”

See all translations

outward

adjective uk   /ˈaʊt.wəd/ us    /-wɚd/

outward adjective (ON OUTSIDE)

[before noun] relating to how people, situations, or things seem to be, rather than how they are inside: The outward appearance of the building has not changed at all in 200 years. If he is suffering, he certainly shows no outward sign of it. To all outward appearances everything was fine, but under the surface the marriage was very shaky.

outward adjective (GOING AWAY)

away from the centre: outward investment (= investment in other companies/countries) We have the chance to build an outward-looking Europe that lives up to its global responsibilities. [before noun] going towards a particular place, rather than returning from it: The outward flight/journey took eight hours.
Compare
outwardly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Outwardly, he seemed happy enough.

outward

[adverb] uk   /ˈaʊt.wəd/ us    /-wɚd/
mainly US →  outwards
Opposite
Translations of “outward”
in Korean 표면상의…
in Arabic خارِجي…
in Portuguese exterior, externo…
in Catalan extern…
in Japanese 外見上の…
in Italian esteriore…
in Chinese (Traditional) 外面的, 外表的,外面的…
in Russian внешний, видимый…
in Turkish dış, harici…
in Chinese (Simplified) 外面的, 外表的,外面的…
in Polish zewnętrzny, widoczny…
(Definition of outward from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of outward?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “outward” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

make believe

believing or imagining things that appear to be attractive or exciting, but are not real

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More