on·ward / ˈänwərd; ˈôn-/ • adv. (also on·wards) in a continuing forward direction; ahead: she stumbled onward. ∎ forward in time: the period from 1969 onward. ∎ fig. so as to make progress or become more successful: the business moved onward and upward.• adj. going further rather than coming to an end or halt; moving forward: oil was pumped to a port for onward shipment | fig. the onward march of history.