upward

adverb
up·​ward | \ ˈəp-wərd How to pronounce upward (audio) \
variants: or upwards \ ˈəp-​wərdz How to pronounce upwards (audio) \

Definition of upward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
3a : 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

upward

adjective

Definition of upward (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : directed toward or situated in a higher place or level : ascending
2 : rising to a higher pitch

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Other Words from upward

Adjective

upwardly adverb
upwardness noun

Examples of upward in a Sentence

Adverb The road gradually rose upward. She directed my gaze upward. They are moving upward socially and economically. moving upward in the corporate world Adjective an upward revision of the vote tally
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Despite his reputation for being racially divisive, President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have drifted upward among nonwhites in the last two years. Karl W. Smith, Twin Cities, "Karl W. Smith: Trump’s economy is working for minorities," 8 Nov. 2019 The drift upward is simply not an easy trend to turn around. Dante Chinni, NBC News, "With 2020 near, Trump finds good economy is hard to deliver," 6 Oct. 2019 The sector’s emissions were down 28% between 2005 and 2017 before ticking upward in 2018, according to EIA. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Utilities’ Big Promises on CO2 Questioned by Analysts," 25 Sep. 2019 But the state predicts those numbers, currently in the good range (0-50) will tick upward to the unhealthy for sensitive groups category (101 to 150) as temperatures rise this afternoon. oregonlive.com, "High heat, stagnant air prompt smog warning for Portland-Vancouver area," 28 Aug. 2019 His walk rate ticked upward after falling dramatically between ’13 and ’14. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Ranking Mike Trout's Eight Seasons From Great to Greatest," 27 Aug. 2019 Then things will tick upward as a high pressure system settles in. San Diego Union-Tribune, "High temperatures, low surf, a touch of humidity ahead for San Diego," 19 Aug. 2019 There have been some signs that, in the rare instances when his administration isn’t being subsumed by a scandal or a tweet, the president’s approval will tick upward, likely because of the performance of the economy. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Do Democrats Have a Plan for the Next Recession?," 16 Aug. 2019 But as youth suicides tick upward — particularly among children younger than 15 — some wonder whether schools, health care providers and others should reevaluate how to best respond to the grief of those left behind. Allison Ross, The Courier-Journal, "'When do you stop grieving?': JCPS suicides leave students, parents and staff struggling," 6 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The second-year Tennessee coach deserves credit for righting the ship in the face of a mob of doubters and setting up the program on an upward trajectory. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Alabama’s playoff resume is bad but Tide still might get in," 10 Nov. 2019 This higher-pressure air pushes up on the wing and thus creates an upward lifting force (similar to the roof example above). Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Balloon Magic with Bernoulli’s Principle," 7 Nov. 2019 There are reports that the closure has set the country’s inflation rate on an upward trajectory. Stephen Onyeiwu, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria needs a competent customs service, not border closure," 28 Oct. 2019 Building an identity Playing in miserable weather for the second consecutive week, Kentucky’s defense continued its upward trajectory by holding Missouri to 289 yards and forcing four fumbles, two of which were recovered. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Lynn Bowden comes up big, defense trends upward in Kentucky football's win over Missouri," 27 Oct. 2019 The score continues the district’s upward trajectory, climbing for five consecutive years since a score of 56% for the 2014-15 school year. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "Roughly two-thirds of Burbank Unified students meet English testing standards, only half in math," 22 Oct. 2019 Things just took off from there, including a role in the upcoming Charlie's Angels movie, making Noah a star on a major upward trajectory. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Shaved His Head," 16 Oct. 2019 At the start of the 1990s, that expansion fit what looked to be the company's upward trajectory. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "How Forever 21 Lost Its Way and Ended Up Filing for Bankruptcy," 30 Sep. 2019 What his strong performance against Tampa Bay on Sunday does do is keep the franchise on an upward trajectory. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Saquon Barkley’s Injury Hurts the Giants, But Daniel Jones Provides Forward Momentum," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of upward

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of upward was before the 12th century

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22 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Upward.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upward. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for upward

upward

adverb
How to pronounce upward (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of upward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

upward

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of upward (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

upward

adverb
up·​ward | \ ˈəp-wərd How to pronounce upward (audio) \
variants: or upwards \ -​wərdz \

Kids Definition of upward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

upward

adjective

Kids Definition of upward (Entry 2 of 2)

: turned toward or being in a higher place or level an upward gaze an upward movement of prices

Other Words from upward

upwardly adverb

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