upward

1 of 2

adverb

up·​ward ˈəp-wərd How to pronounce upward (audio)
variants or upwards
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

upward

2 of 2

adjective

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
But Rosa earns only $16 an hour, straining her budget as prices tick upward for groceries and gas. Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2022 Winds were already picking up in parts of the state on Wednesday morning and could tick upward on Thursday as Nicole makes landfall in Florida, crosses over the peninsula and moves northward. Leigh Morgan, al, 9 Nov. 2022 Connecticut government’s overtime costs continued to tick upward to open the new fiscal year, according to a new report from nonpartisan analysts. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 8 Nov. 2022 With material that resists bunching and upward shifting, it's made for running, everyday errands, pickup hoops, or a fun night out. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 14 Nov. 2022 Just hours earlier, on Tuesday, US stocks had tanked in their worst day since June 11, 2020, after August inflation data for the country ticked upward, surprising investors. Michelle Toh, CNN, 14 Sep. 2022 Greenway, 6 feet 5 inches and upward of 220 pounds, has the physical presence to play in front or back, his size a factor in why the Maple Leafs chose him with pick No. 72 in the 2016 draft. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2022 Florida senator Marco Rubio and North Carolina Senate candidate Ted Budd, both cosponsors of Graham’s bill, have seen their polling numbers tick upward. The Editors, National Review, 24 Oct. 2022 Razor-thin vacancy rates have started to tick upward and one measure of leasing activity in the U.S. fell back in the third quarter to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic. Liz Young, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2022
Adjective
The drivers point at an upward, 45-degree angle, meaning sound plays at your ears, not towards your chest. Harry Rabinowitz, Popular Mechanics, 29 Nov. 2022 Baltimore has had a tough time holding onto leads, and the Jaguars are on just enough of an upward tick to give the Ravens trouble. David Hill, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2022 This is because an upward flow keeps the air in a room circulating, and prevents the hottest air from simply rising to the ceiling and remaining there. Rachel Kurzius, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 Still, to keep Fields’ progress on the upward arc, no measure is too small. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 19 Nov. 2022 Indeed, for some Pakistanis, this summer’s devastating floods have had the positive side effect of setting U.S.-Pakistan relations on an upward course. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Nov. 2022 But for progressives who came of age in the Obama era, and who had been trained to see that upward arc of history, Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 raised the specter of something else: not an arc but a pendulum. Annalisa Quinn, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Nov. 2022 Some investors worry that the recent gains are a bear market rally, an upward blip within a longer period of falling prices. Hardika Singh, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 The community college district has faced enrollment and financial challenges in recent years but remains the largest system in the state, with upward of 90,000 students. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near upward

Cite this Entry

“Upward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upward. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

upward

1 of 2 adverb
up·​ward ˈəp-wərd How to pronounce upward (audio)
variants or upwards
1
: in a direction from lower to higher
the land rises upward
2
: toward a higher or better condition
worked my way upward in the business
3
: toward a greater amount or higher number, degree, or rate
prices shot upward

upward

2 of 2 adjective
: directed toward or located in a higher place or level : ascending
upwardly adverb
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