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also onwards
Note: In British English, 'onwards' is an adverb and 'onward' is an adjective. In American English and sometimes in formal British English, 'onward' may also be an adverb.
1.
Onward means moving forward or continuing a journey.
British Airways have two flights a day to Bangkok, and there are onward flights to Phnom Penh.
ADJ: usu ADJ n
Onward is also an adverb.
The bus continued onward...
He measured the distance to the nearest Antarctic coast, and onwards to the South Pole.
= on
ADV: ADV after v
2.
Onward means developing, progressing, or becoming more important over a period of time.
...the onward march of progress in the British aircraft industry.
ADJ: usu ADJ n
Onward is also an adverb.
I can see things just going onwards and upwards for us now...
ADV: ADV after v
3.
If something happens from a particular time onwards or onward, it begins to happen at that time and continues to happen afterwards.
From the turn of the century onward, she shared the life of the aborigines.
ADV: from n ADV



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