1. Located inside; inner.
2. Directed or moving toward the interior: an inward flow.
3. Of, relating to, or existing in the thoughts or mind: inward doubts.
4. Intimate; familiar: is inward with the right people.
adv. also in·wards (-wərdz)
1. Toward the inside, center, or interior.
2. Toward the mind or the self: thoughts turned inward.
1. An inner or central part.
2. An inner essence or spirit.
3. inwards Entrails; innards.
[Middle English, from Old English inweard; see wer-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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