- 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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Related Wordsprecise, specified, specific, individual, various, particular, numerous, special, almost, generally, roughly, relatively, virtually, approximately, practically, essentially, nearly, basically, about, around
- directed or moving towards a higher point or level
- a variant of upwards
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Word Origin and History for upwards of
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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