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[uhp-werd] /ˈʌp wərd/
adverb, Also, upwards
toward a higher place or position:
The birds flew upward.
toward a higher or more distinguished condition, rank, level, etc.:
His employer wishes to move him upward in the company.
to a greater degree; more:
fourscore and upward.
toward a large city, the source or origin of a stream, or the interior of a country or region:
They followed the Thames River upward from the North Sea to London.
in the upper parts; above.
moving or tending upward; directed at or situated in a higher place or position.
upwards of, more than; above:
My vacation cost me upwards of a thousand dollars.
Origin of upward
before 900; Middle English; Old English upweard (cognate with Dutch opwaart). See up-, -ward
Related forms
upwardly, adverb
upwardness, noun Unabridged
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  • My shock of surprise was the result of this upward process of inspection.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • There can be no upward change which is not in accord with the laws of Nature.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Oro is as heavy in its upward falling as Grah is in its downward.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • That is the normal process of civilization in its march forward and upward.

    High Finance Otto H. Kahn
  • Any active boy of ten years of age and upward may become a wheelman.

British Dictionary definitions for upward


directed or moving towards a higher point or level
a variant of upwards
Derived Forms
upwardly, adverb
upwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for upward

Old English upweard, upweardes; see up + -ward. Cf. Middle Low German upwart, Middle Dutch opwaert, Middle High German ufwart. Phrase upward mobility first recorded 1949; mainly restricted to sociologists' jargon until 1960s.

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