Etymology
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inward (adj.)

Old English inweard "inmost; sincere; internal, intrinsic; deep," from Proto-Germanic *inwarth "inward" (source also of Old Norse innanverðr, Old High German inwart, Middle Dutch inwaert), from root of Old English inne "in" (see in (adv.)) + -weard (see -ward). As an adverb, Old English inneweard. As a noun in late Old English, "entrails, intestines."

updated on December 31, 2015

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Definitions of inward from WordNet
1
inward (adv.)
toward the center or interior;
move the needle further inwards!
Synonyms: inwards
inward (adv.)
to or toward the inside of;
Synonyms: in / inwards
2
inward (adj.)
relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts;
a concern with inward reflections
inward (adj.)
directed or moving inward or toward a center;
inward flood of capital
Synonyms: inbound
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