Definition of onward in English:


(British onwards)


  • 1In a continuing forward direction; ahead.

    ‘she stumbled onward’
    • ‘It is picking yourself up when you stumble and continuing onward.’
    • ‘The journey continued onwards without much more being spoken as William soon slipped into a deep sleep induced by the claret.’
    • ‘He didn't even look back at her, but continued onward.’
    • ‘Normally, the ball would have been transferred onwards but this most industrious of players, saw a gap ahead and ploughed onwards, all the way to the line.’
    • ‘When all was still and silent, she continued onwards despite her weariness and the bitter cold.’
    • ‘Set one foot, then, in front of the other, and take no moment to look back, but continue - onward.’
    • ‘Mindful of the miles ahead, I pushed onwards and upwards into Dalby Forest.’
    • ‘Today I went back and read chapters 2 and 3, and will likely spend most of the rest of the day continuing onward.’
    • ‘After standing and watching a while, we continue onwards, and climb up this sandy cliff wall, up and out of the crater.’
    • ‘Roberts noticed the tracers streaming upward, but was able to continue onward and land at Hickam even though his left wing was streaming gasoline.’
    • ‘Letting go of his weapon, the momentum carried him onwards and he hit the ground, sinking into a forward roll before smoothly regaining his feet.’
    • ‘Next I looked at a dry passage where a climb out of the streamway led to a small chamber with a passage continuing onwards.’
    • ‘One round from this could obliterate half the head of anyone of you and still have enough forward motion to continue onward for another 50 feet.’
    • ‘This somewhat fazed him but he continued onwards.’
    • ‘They continued onwards, drawing ever closer to the jagged black peaks ahead.’
    • ‘She closed her eyes as the carriage continued onwards into the late night.’
    • ‘They continued onwards, until they could see a large building ahead of them.’
    • ‘He continued onwards, leaving the smoke behind, and after two hours he stopped at a triangle of succulent trees.’
    • ‘We continued onwards, running from one piece of cover to the next while the machine gun chewed through belts of ammunition.’
    • ‘We continued onward among the fields, brown at this time of year.’
    ahead, forwards, onwards, onward, on, further
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    1. 1.1 Forward in time.
      ‘the period from 1969 onward’
      • ‘Because from today onwards I will not leave comments on other people's blogs unless it is using my authenticated blogger account.’
      • ‘In women who are at higher risk, one's doctor may advocate mammographic surveillance usually from age 35 onwards.’
      • ‘On Tuesday the 22nd of June, there is Music in the Sciobol from 6pm onwards.’
      • ‘Consequently from 1959 onwards Menzies again had a Senate majority.’
      • ‘Reports flooded in from 1999 onwards from the East and West Coast.’
      • ‘From 4.20 pm onwards the workshop will include Quickstep, Foxtrot, Jive and Old Time Dances.’
      • ‘And from the French revolution onwards, Leftists everywhere have always been a violent and aggressive lot.’
      • ‘The arts and crafts must be submitted on the previous day and the mart will be open from 2 o'clock onwards on Saturday to accept these.’
      • ‘From 1969 onward he was associated with the Navy's acquisitions from the Soviet Union.’
      • ‘From 1988 onwards the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education Dehradun has been in charge of the museum.’
      • ‘They are offering a one-time increase of 8.5 per cent from July onwards.’
      • ‘From the 2012 bid process onwards, the host city chosen to host the Olympic Games will be obliged to also host the Paralympics.’
      • ‘This was in the early part of the 20th century, and from the fifties onwards that land became filled up with community facilities.’
      • ‘All the groundwork that had been laid from the late '50s onwards seemed to be synthesized by Thomson's magnum opus.’
      • ‘Tickets can be purchased from the end of November onwards.’
      • ‘The response is generally higher from St. Patrick's Day onwards.’
      • ‘Under principal Mr Ed Boyd, communications technology takes off and becomes a major focus from 1992 onwards.’
      • ‘From 1887 onward political associations and societies burst forth all over Spain.’
      • ‘Republicans would say they pushed back in '69 and then pushed forward from 1981 onwards.’
      • ‘From the age of sixty onwards, grandfather lost interest in most things that were not related to bee-keeping and the planting of trees.’
      onward, onwards, on, forth, forwards
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    2. 1.2 So as to make progress or become more successful.
      ‘the business moved onward and upward’
      • ‘He changed his name to John Top-Gear by deed poll but the results didn't come so he moved onward and upward again.’
      • ‘When I think about what my grandparents went through, I have to succeed, to press onward and upward.’
      • ‘Professors should be Platonic Buffalo Bills, herding students onward and upward.’
      • ‘But the change, which has to do with the existence of a group with a similar name, does indicate a move onward and upward, so power to the group formerly known as Treason.’
      • ‘Martin added the conversions and a drop goal to send Tigers onward and upward to winning everything they have entered this unbeaten season.’
      • ‘But I'm an optimist and I can see how much progress has been made in the past 25 years so I'm hoping we can continue to move onward and upward.’
      • ‘It was that same unquenchable thirst for knowledge which had propelled Mecha out of the night of an earlier, smaller existence onward and upward to a brighter future.’
      • ‘Sometimes it is naive to assume that the march is onward and upward.’
      • ‘I've been progressing fitfully, onwards and upwards through September, both physically and spiritually.’
      • ‘After their initial success, they found it difficult to move onwards and upwards, and eventually the band disintegrated.’
      • ‘Here in York, Lauren Hood and Nick Holbek cherish hopes of progressing to stage school and onwards into profession.’
      • ‘I've now mastered most of what makes my job challenging, but I have no ambition to move onward and upward into anything more managerial or corporate.’
      • ‘She could give up and stay at home on benefits or move onward and upward.’
      • ‘So, my life at this point seems to be heading onward and upward, and for once, I know where I'm going.’
      • ‘I've also noticed that in a business where many practitioners are looking to move onward and upward, people on the editorial pages usually seem to have arrived.’
      • ‘From our viewpoint, we must put a disappointing weekend behind us and hopefully from now on it will be onward and upward.’
      • ‘I apologize, maybe one day I'll fix them, but until then: onward and upward!’
      • ‘On the back of rising productivity, more routes and better service they would be delivering it - driving the share price onward and upward to their own enrichment.’
      • ‘The word to me implies a journey that is onward and upward.’
      • ‘When he loses hope of successfully executing his grand design, she pushes him onward because she now has a stake in the painting, too.’


  • (of a journey) continuing or moving forward.

    ‘informing passengers where to change for their onward journey’
    figurative ‘the onward march of history’
    • ‘During the onward journey to Hong Kong, many players fell ill due to the rough weather.’
    • ‘Several airports closed, leaving crews and jets out of position for onward journeys.’
    • ‘The trip begins by coach from local pick-up points to Harwich for the ferry crossing to the Hook of Holland and the onward journey to Amsterdam.’
    • ‘Who will face the onward march of science in its full cry?’
    • ‘The riders will enjoy a breakfast provided by Pendle Council before they are bidden a safe onward journey to Ingleton.’
    • ‘The actor now vows to be more selective and cautious in his onward journey.’
    • ‘They were transferred to another ambulance for the onward journey.’
    • ‘The goal is to whisk containers away from the congested port areas to inland yards, where they can be sorted for their onward journeys.’
    • ‘Nothing could stop the onward march of history.’
    • ‘Silly me, nothing must get in the way of the onward march of gadgetry or, in this case, the conversion of the car into a wheeled replica of the home.’
    • ‘The deepest water was thigh deep, but we eventually came to a point where a mini rapids over some boulders and a couple fallen tree branches blocked the onward journey.’
    • ‘Few will feel the pressure more than the two quarterbacks charged with securing safe onward passage.’
    • ‘He said vegetables like carrot and tomato would be packed and processed in the plant for onward shipment to international market.’
    • ‘Is the will so powerful as to counter the onward march of something inevitable?’
    • ‘It was waiting for the onward journey with the train - in a locker.’
    • ‘In this case, the philosophy is that gadgets are cool and a positive sign of the onward march of civilization.’
    • ‘Is this a good or a bad thing, the onward march of English?’
    • ‘The Delphin, which docked in Cape Town yesterday, will set sail from Port Elizabeth and spend a day here before her onward journey to Durban.’
    • ‘Networks of overseas Chinese, many from Fuji, organise the onward passage, often through Guatemala and Mexico to the USA.’
    • ‘Leaders from African countries flew into Prestwick airport at Ayrshire in the morning for an onward journey to Gleneagles, in contrast with the transport chaos in London.’
    moving forwards, moving ahead, onward, advancing, progressing, progressive
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