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 According to data tracked by The Washington Post, Nevada’s rolling, seven-day average of new infections has climbed upward for nearly a week, even as testing levels remain flat. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "Live updates: State officials, companies delay reopening measures after record high in new infections," 25 June 2020 Many virus statistics in these states now look like straight lines pointing upward. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Second Coronavirus Surge Is Here," 25 June 2020 Now, as then, for many people in hard economic circumstances the most visible path upward is local action. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "Rising inequality in a crisis: The view from Baltimore," 24 June 2020 Even though cases are trending upward again, the state still has relatively few, with 755 cases involving residents as of Sunday, and 12 deaths. Mark Thiessen, USA TODAY, "Quirky Alaska town struggles for survival amid coronavirus tourism fallout," 23 June 2020 Even though cases are trending upward again, the state still has relatively few, with 755 cases involving residents as of Sunday, and 12 deaths. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Ghost town-esque’ Talkeetna struggles to survive a summer with few tourists," 22 June 2020 The event could be derailed by the coronavirus yet again: cases across the United States have been trending upward for two weeks now, and there is some concern that fall 2020 could see a renewal of widespread shelter-in-place orders. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Tesla sets a new date for ‘Battery Day’ showcase of its new technology and production line," 22 June 2020 According to data from Johns Hopkins University, at least 23 states are trending upward in new cases compared to last week. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Officials across the South warn more young people are testing positive for coronavirus," 21 June 2020 The state's April unemployment rate was revised upward from 16.9% to 17.5%. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana unemployment rate drops to 12.3% in May," 20 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Friday morning’s shooting is one of the latest in a staggering upward trend, New York Police Department data shows. Fox News, "Killing strikes Jeff Bezos' tony NYC neighborhood as shootings continue to rise," 26 June 2020 While coronavirus cases are on an upward trend in multiple states, governors in the south are seeing especially high spikes. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Candidates for prosecutor explore "defund the police"," 25 June 2020 Despite an upward trend in COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, the General Assembly passed two bills Tuesday that would loosen restrictions meant to keep the coronavirus at bay. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Two more bills defying Cooper's order, including Fourth of July celebrations, head to his desk," 24 June 2020 Store and label representatives say vinyl’s upward trend was poised to continue in 2020; indeed, before the pandemic hit, sales were up 45 percent year-to-date from 2019, according to Billboard. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Will vinyl survive the pandemic?," 23 June 2020 Experiment with deliveries, ranging from a slow, steady crawl, to a short lift-and-drop, a crisp upward sweep, or a slow descent presentation. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "The 7 Best Lures for Smallmouth Bass in Rivers," 18 June 2020 This continues an upward trend of high ventilator numbers. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to hit records as Arizona reports new high in cases," 18 June 2020 Twenty-one states are seeing an upward trend in new coronavirus cases and health experts continue to stress the importance of taking precautions to mitigate the virus's spread. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Coronavirus cases are spiking across the country and experts say Florida has the makings of the next epicenter," 18 June 2020 Austin: The state continued an upward trend in hospitalizations of coronavirus patients, setting a new one-day high Monday for the seventh time in eight days. USA TODAY, "Spiking numbers, opening venues, guarding beaches: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2020

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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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“Upward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upward. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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