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1upward

adverb up·ward \ˈəp-wərd\

: from a lower place or level to a higher place or level

: toward the ceiling, sky, etc.

: toward a higher or better condition or position

Full Definition of UPWARD

1
a :  in a direction from lower to higher <the kite rose upward>
b (1) :  toward the source (as of a river)
(2) :  toward the interior (as of a region)
c :  in a higher position <held out his hand, palm upward>
d :  in the upper parts :  toward the head :  above <from the waist upward>
2
:  toward a higher or better condition or level <young lawyers moving upward>
3
a :  to an indefinitely greater amount, figure, or rank <from $5 upward>
b :  toward a greater amount or higher number, degree, or rate <attendance figures have risen upward>
4
:  toward or into later years <from youth upward>

Variants of UPWARD

up·ward or up·wards \-wərdz\
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Examples of UPWARD

  1. The road gradually rose upward.
  2. She directed my gaze upward.
  3. They are moving upward socially and economically.
  4. moving upward in the corporate world

First Known Use of UPWARD

before 12th century

2upward

adjective

: moving or going from a lower place or level to a higher place or level

: moving or going toward the ceiling, sky, etc.

: changing to a larger amount or higher number

Full Definition of UPWARD

1
:  directed toward or situated in a higher place or level :  ascending
2
:  rising to a higher pitch
up·ward·ly adverb
up·ward·ness noun

Examples of UPWARD

  1. an upward revision of the vote tally

First Known Use of UPWARD

15th century
UPWARD Defined for Kids

1upward

adverb up·ward \ˈəp-wərd\

Definition of UPWARD for Kids

1
:  in a direction from lower to higher <The balloon floated upward.>
2
:  toward a higher or better state
3
:  toward a greater amount or a higher number or rate
4
:  toward the head <From the waist upwards he was like a man, but his legs were shaped like a goat's … — C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe>

Variants of UPWARD

up·ward or up·wards \-wərdz\

2upward

adjective

Definition of UPWARD for Kids

:  turned toward or being in a higher place or level <an upward gaze> <an upward movement of prices>
up·ward·ly adverb

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