Downward

  • 1downward — down‧ward [ˈdaʊnwəd ǁ wərd] also downwards adverb towards a lower position or level: • Inflation for June was lower at 3.9%, and the underlying trend appears downward. • Competition forces prices downwards. downward adjective : • Brazil s debt… …

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  • 2Downward — Down ward, Downwards Down wards, adv. [AS. ad?nweard. See {Down}, adv., and { ward}.] 1. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course; as, to tend, move, roll, look, or take root, downward or downwards. Looking downwards. Pope. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3downward — downward, downwards The only form for the adjective is downward (in a downward direction), but downward and downwards are both used for the adverb, with a preference for downwards in BrE: • She ferreted in her bag; then held it up mouth downwards …

    Modern English usage

  • 4Downward — Down ward, a. 1. Moving or extending from a higher to a lower place; tending toward the earth or its center, or toward a lower level; declivous. [1913 Webster] With downward force That drove the sand along he took his way. Dryden. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5downward — c.1200, from DOWN (Cf. down) (adv.) + WARD (Cf. ward). O.E. had aduneweard in this sense. Downwards, with adverbial genitive, had a parallel in O.E. ofduneweardes …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6downward — ► ADVERB (also downwards) ▪ towards a lower point or level. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ moving towards a lower point or level. DERIVATIVES downwardly adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7downward — [doun′wərd] adv., adj. [ME dounward < OE aduneweard: see DOWN1 & WARD] 1. toward a lower place, position, state, etc. 2. from an earlier to a later time: Also downwards adv. downwardly adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 8downward — down|ward1 [ daunwərd ] adverb * toward a lower place or level: He looked downward. face downward 1. ) lying on the front of your body: He found her lying face downward on her bed. 2. ) lying on the side that normally faces up: She placed the… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9downward — [[t]da͟ʊnwə(r)d[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n A downward movement or look is directed towards a lower place or a lower level. → See also downwards ...a firm downward movement of the hands. Ant: upward 2) ADJ: ADJ n If you refer to a downward trend, you mean …

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  • 10downward — I UK [ˈdaʊnwə(r)d] / US [ˈdaʊnwərd] adjective [usually before noun] * going towards a lower place or level a downward slope/movement a downward trend in interest rates downward spiral: The region has been in a downward economic spiral since then …

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  • 11downward — down|ward [ˈdaunwəd US wərd] adj [only before noun] 1.) moving or pointing towards a lower position ≠ ↑upward ▪ a gentle downward slope 2.) moving to a lower level ≠ ↑upward ▪ Share prices continued their downward trend . ▪ She was caught in a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12downward — downwardly, adv. downwardness, n. /down weuhrd/, adv. 1. Also, downwards. from a higher to a lower place or condition. 2. down from a source or beginning: As the river flows downward, it widens. 3. from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor: The… …

    Universalium

  • 13downward — 1. adverb toward a lower level, either in space or in a hierarchy or an amount His position in society moved ever downward. 2. adjective moving or …

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  • 14downward — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} adj. Downward is used with these nouns: ↑curve, ↑direction, ↑mobility, ↑momentum, ↑motion, ↑movement, ↑plunge, ↑pressure, ↑pull, ↑revision, ↑slide, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15downward — adjective (only before noun) going down to a lower level or place: a gentle downward slope | Share prices continued their downward trend. opposite upward …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16downward — [ˈdaʊnwəd] adj I going towards a lower place or level Ant: upward a downward slope/movement[/ex] II adv American downward [ˈdaʊnwəd] downwards …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17downward — I. adverb or downwards Date: 13th century 1. a. from a higher to a lower place b. toward a direction that is the opposite of up 2. from a higher to a lower condition 3. a. from an earlier time b. from an ancestor or predecessor II …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18downward — down·ward || daÊŠnwÉ™d adj. moving in a downward direction, descending adv. towards a lower place, position or section …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19downward — adjective profits are in a downward trend Syn: descending, downhill, falling, sinking, dipping; earthbound, earthward …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20downward — adv. & adj. adv. (also downwards) towards what is lower, inferior, less important, or later. adj. moving, extending, pointing, or leading downward. Derivatives: downwardly adv …

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