upward

[ uhp-werd ]
/ ˈʌp wərd /

adverb Also up·wards.

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.

adjective

moving or tending upward; directed at or situated in a higher place or position.

Nearby words

  1. upturned,
  2. upu,
  3. upvalue,
  4. upvc,
  5. upvote,
  6. upward mobility,
  7. upwardly,
  8. upwardly mobile,
  9. upwards,
  10. upwards of

Idioms

    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 formsup·ward·ly, adverbup·ward·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for upward

upward

/ (ˈʌpwəd) /

adjective

directed or moving towards a higher point or level

adverb

a variant of upwards
Derived Formsupwardly, adverbupwardness, noun

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Word Origin and History for upward

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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