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 In the wake of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, an oil embargo forced gas prices sharply upward and caused lines at gas stations waiting for inadequate supplies. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Paul Volcker — the right man for his times," 15 Dec. 2019 The trajectory seems upward and there’s opportunity available, especially with Georgia’s sideways movement. 8. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Football Four: College Football Playoff avoids chaos, but there's a change at No. 1," 8 Dec. 2019 After dropping to his back on the court to celebrate the end of the 4-hour, 50-minute epic, Nadal rose and stood with his index fingers pointed upward and his face fixed in a grimace. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Everything on course for a Rams-Chargers Super Bowl (too soon?)," 9 Sep. 2019 The numbers started trending upward this fall, though, and the state has collected $4.3 million since the launch in November 2018. BostonGlobe.com, "“It’s that easy,” Sununu said.," 31 Dec. 2019 The Broncos are trending upward, albeit slowly since rookie quarterback Drew Lock has started in the past three games. oregonlive, "Denver Broncos vs Detroit Lions: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 22 Dec. 2019 Abrams’ camera prefers Driver’s towering frame, shooting upward to emphasize his room-filling physicality. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 18 Dec. 2019 Though the junior could opt to return next year, his draft stock seems to continue trending upward. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "13 NFL draft sleepers to watch during college bowl season," 12 Dec. 2019 As shocking footage emerged of firefighters in New South Wales battling a towering inferno shooting upward through tall trees at high speed, the country's biggest city is choking in smoke. Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "Sydney smoke: Before and after photos show impact of bushfire on Australian city," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective According to the House Fiscal Agency, Michigan personal income is expected to increase 2.8% in 2019 and then jump to 4% in 2020 and 2021 as tight labor markets exert upward pressure on wages. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's financial outlook a mixed bag: Here are 12 things to know," 10 Jan. 2020 Still, the job growth has failed so far to put upward pressure on hourly pay. Josh Boak, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. adds 145,000 jobs; unemployment holds at 3.5%," 10 Jan. 2020 These include a lethal conflict with Iran; upward pressure on oil prices; an Iraq caught between Iran’s orbit and state failure, and a rogue Syria fused to Russia and Iran. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The Top 10 Geopolitical Risks for the World in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 But increases to minimum wages at the state and local level have put 0.4 percentage points of upward pressure on this recent growth. Ernie Tedeschi, New York Times, "Pay Is Rising Fastest for Low Earners. One Reason? Minimum Wages.," 3 Jan. 2020 In a press conference on December 11th Jerome Powell, its chairman, acknowledged the probable upward pressure on repo rates to come, but was relatively sanguine. The Economist, "Free exchange Despite the Fed’s efforts, the repo market risks more turbulence," 18 Dec. 2019 To Weiss, who played with Walker on the Colorado Rockies from 1995 through 1997, the upward trend makes sense. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Larry Walker Played Like a Hall of Famer, Through Thick and Thin Air," 27 Dec. 2019 Chasse Building Team is part of an upward trend in the green building market, which generated $81 billion between 2005-2014, according to market and consumer data provider Statista. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Chasse Building Team creates sustainable growth for a green business," 22 Dec. 2019 New Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed last week plans to propose to the EU Parliament and member states an upward revision by June 2021 of this additional 37.5 percent reduction. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, "Europe is Going All-In on Electric in 2020. It Still Won’t Save the Struggling Auto Sector," 17 Dec. 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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Upward.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upwards. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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