inward in‧ward \I've asked for Lexunit 'freight inwards' to be put at 'freight' instead of in this entry. [ˈɪnwəd ǁ -wərd] adjective [only before a noun]
coming into the country or the place where you are, rather than going out of it:

• Financial deregulation may encourage inward investment.

• systems for handling inward mail

— compare outward

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inward UK US /ˈɪnwəd/ adjective ECONOMICS
relating to money, goods, people, etc. coming into a country rather than leaving it: »

A rise in inward capital flows into the economy is likely to lead to losses in international competitiveness.


Net inward migration would have to double to maintain the current numbers of working people.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • inward — [in′wərd] adj. [ME inneward < OE inweard, inneweard: see IN 1 & WARD] 1. situated within; being on the inside; internal 2. of or belonging to the inner nature of a person; mental or spiritual 3. directed toward the inside; ingoing [the inward… …   English World dictionary

  • Inward — In ward, Inwards In wards, adv. [AS. inweard. The ending s is prop. a genitive ending. See {Inward}, a., { wards}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Toward the inside; toward the center or interior; as, to bend a thing inward. [1913 Webster] 2. Into, or toward …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inward — In ward ([i^]n*w[ e]rd), a. [AS. inweard, inneweard, innanweard, fr. innan, inne, within (fr. in in; see {In}) + the suffix weard, E. ward.] [1913 Webster] 1. Being or placed within; inner; interior; opposed to {outward}. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inward — inward, inwards The only form for the adjective is inward (the inward route), but inward and inwards are both used for the adverb, with a preference for inwards in BrE: • Our instructor starts us on snowplough turns (with the tips of the skis… …   Modern English usage

  • Inward — In ward, n. 1. That which is inward or within; especially, in the plural, the inner parts or organs of the body; the viscera. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] Then sacrificing, laid the inwards and their fat. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. The mental… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inward — O.E. inweard, inneweard (adj., adv.) inmost; sincere; internal, intrinsic; deep, from P.Gmc. *inwarth inward (Cf. O.N. innanverðr, O.H.G. inwart, M.Du. inwaert), from root of O.E. inne in (see IN (Cf. in)) + weard (see …   Etymology dictionary

  • inward — [adj1] ingoing entering, inbound, incoming, infiltrating, inflowing, inpouring, penetrating, through; concept 581 Ant. outgoing, outward inward [adj2] private confidential, hidden, inmost, inner, innermost, inside, intellectual, interior,… …   New thesaurus

  • inward — index interior, intrinsic (deep down) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • inward — *inner, interior, internal, inside, intestine Analogous words: inbred, *innate, inborn: ingrained, inherent, intrinsic, constitutional: intimate, *familiar: objective, sensible, *material: heartfelt, unfeigned, *sincere: impalpable,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inward — ► ADJECTIVE 1) directed or proceeding towards the inside. 2) mental or spiritual. ► ADVERB variant of INWARDS(Cf. ↑inwards). DERIVATIVES inwardly adverb inwardness noun …   English terms dictionary

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