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.

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 forms

up·ward·ly, adverbup·ward·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for upwards of

upward

/ (ˈʌpwəd) /

adjective

directed or moving towards a higher point or level

adverb

a variant of upwards

Derived Forms

upwardly, adverbupwardness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with upwards of

upwards of


Also, upward of. More than, in excess of, as in Upwards of 30,000 spectators filled the ballpark. [c. 1600]

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