downward 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 had an important role to play in creating downward pressure on the currency.

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downward UK US /ˈdaʊnwəd/ US  /-wɚd/ adverb (also mainly UK downwards)
toward a lower position, level, or amount: »

The stock market drifted steadily lower until late afternoon, when it suddenly spiralled downward.


The exchange rate was adjusted downward by 3.7% in September.

downward adjective

New figures show that the downward pressure on annuity rates is likely to get worse in the future.


The trend has been downward ever since, with donations falling to $143,000 last year.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Downward — 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

  • downward — 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

  • Downward — 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

  • downward — 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

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

  • downward — [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

  • downward — 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

  • downward — [[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 …   English dictionary

  • downward — 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 …   English dictionary

  • downward — 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

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