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English definition of “outward”

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.
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outwardly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Outwardly, he seemed happy enough.
(Definition of outward from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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