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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [on-werd, awn-]
    • /ˈɒn wərd, ˈɔn-/
    • /ˈɒn.wədz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on-werd, awn-]
    • /ˈɒn wərd, ˈɔn-/

Definitions of onwards word

  • adverb onwards toward a point ahead or in front; forward, as in space or time. 1
  • adverb onwards at a position or point in advance. 1
  • adjective onwards directed or moving onward or forward; forward. 1
  • abbreviation ONWARDS Onward. 1
  • adverb onwards at or towards a point or position ahead, in advance, etc 0

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Origin of onwards

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at on, -ward

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Parts of speech for Onwards


onwards popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for onwards

adverb onwards

  • forwards — forward.
  • on — so as to be or remain supported by or suspended from: Put your package down on the table; Hang your coat on the hook.
  • forward — toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.
  • headlong — with the head foremost; headfirst: to plunge headlong into the water.
  • ahead — Something that is ahead is in front of you. If you look ahead, you look directly in front of you.

Antonyms for onwards

adverb onwards

  • backward — A backward movement or look is in the direction that your back is facing. Some people use backwards for this meaning.
  • backwards — If you move or look backwards, you move or look in the direction that your back is facing.
  • behind — If something is behind a thing or person, it is on the other side of them from you, or nearer their back rather than their front.

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