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upward

[ uhp-werd ]
/ ˈʌp wərd /
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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.

adjective

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

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Idioms for upward

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM upward

up·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 forms of upward

upwardly, adverbupwardness, noun
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