- 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
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Examples from the Web for upwards
Not surprisingly, rates for recovery vary enormously, from as low as three percent to upwards of 75 percent.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
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Some show benefits for upwards of 400, while others show 200 is better.Forget 5-Hour Energy: Tea Is a Better Buzz
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Her oldest client was 70 years old, but she says they range in age from 18 upwards.
They range in age from 18 upwards, but the majority look no older than 25.
By contrast, in a regular primary, the 10th would have upwards of 180 stations.The GOP Establishment Turns a ‘Firehose’ on Virginia Tea Partiers
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You may command all my Warriors; I can furnish you with upwards of two thousand.The History of Louisiana
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Upwards of a year had elapsed since Vivian Grey left England.
I was myself an inmate of the Court for upwards of two years.
There must have been upwards of fifteen louis taken to-night.Scaramouche
Balfour squealed forth his disapprobation for upwards of an hour.
- from a lower to a higher place, level, condition, etc
- towards a higher level, standing, etc
- directed or moving towards a higher point or level
- a variant of upwards
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Word Origin and History for upwards
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