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upward

[uhp-werd] /ˈʌp wərd/
adverb, Also, upwards
1.
toward a higher place or position:
The birds flew upward.
2.
toward a higher or more distinguished condition, rank, level, etc.:
His employer wishes to move him upward in the company.
3.
to a greater degree; more:
fourscore and upward.
4.
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.
5.
in the upper parts; above.
adjective
6.
moving or tending upward; directed at or situated in a higher place or position.
Idioms
7.
upwards of, more than; above:
My vacation cost me upwards of a thousand dollars.
Origin of upward
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English upweard (cognate with Dutch opwaart). See up-, -ward
Related forms
upwardly, adverb
upwardness, noun
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  • You may command all my Warriors; I can furnish you with upwards of two thousand.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • upwards of a year had elapsed since Vivian Grey left England.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • I was myself an inmate of the Court for upwards of two years.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • There must have been upwards of fifteen louis taken to-night.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Balfour squealed forth his disapprobation for upwards of an hour.

British Dictionary definitions for upwards

upwards

/ˈʌpwədz/
adverb
1.
from a lower to a higher place, level, condition, etc
2.
towards a higher level, standing, etc

upward

/ˈʌpwəd/
adjective
1.
directed or moving towards a higher point or level
adverb
2.
a variant of upwards
Derived Forms
upwardly, adverb
upwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for upwards

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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