on +‎ -ward



onward (comparative more onward, superlative most onward)

  1. (not comparable) Moving forward.
    There was an onward rush as the gates opened.
  2. Advanced in a forward direction or toward an end.


onward (not comparable)

  1. In a forward direction.
    • 1871, Sabine Baring-Gould (lyrics), “Onward, Christian Soldiers”:
      Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war...




onward (third-person singular simple present onwards, present participle onwarding, simple past and past participle onwarded)

  1. To keep going; to progress or persevere.
    • 1802, The Election, a Comdey in Five Acts, page 277:
      and those curs'd Mercian women To cross my purposes, with hag-like spite, Do nought but females bear. But I will onward.
    • 1892, American Medical Association, Transactions of the Section on Laryngology, Otology and Rhinology:
      Improvement, progress, civilization, however, demand responsive souls. You cannot bribe the great time, it will onward and in its train humanity rises to higher levels.
    • 2014, Carolyn Forché, Duncan Wu, Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001, page 530:
      Tell them, oh guns, that we have heard their call, That we have sworn, and will not turn aside, That we will onward till we win or fall, That we will keep the faith for which they died.