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upward

adverb up·ward \ ˈəp-wərd \
variants: or upwards play \ˈəp-wərdz\
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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

Examples of upward in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of upward

before 12th century


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upward

adjective

Definition of upward

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

upwardly

adverb

upwardness

noun

Examples of upward in a Sentence

  1. an upward revision of the vote tally

Recent Examples of upward from the Web

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First Known Use of upward

15th century



UPWARD Defined for English Language Learners

upward

adverb

Definition of upward for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of upward for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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upward

adverb up·ward \ ˈəp-wərd \
variants: or upwards \-wərdz\

Definition of upward for Students

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

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upward

adjective

Definition of upward for Students

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

upwardly

adverb

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