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upward

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

upwards

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Definition of upward

  1. 1a :  in a direction from lower to higher the kite rose upwardb (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 upwardd :  in the upper parts :  toward the head :  above from the waist upward

  2. 2 :  toward a higher or better condition or level young lawyers moving upward

  3. 3a :  to an indefinitely greater amount, figure, or rank from $5 upwardb :  toward a greater amount or higher number, degree, or rate attendance figures have risen upward

  4. 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

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of upward

before 12th century


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upward

adjective up·ward

Definition of upward

  1. 1 :  directed toward or situated in a higher place or level :  ascending

  2. 2 :  rising to a higher pitch

upwardly

adverb

upwardness

noun

Examples of upward in a Sentence

  1. an upward revision of the vote tally

15th Century

First Known Use of upward

15th century



UPWARD Defined for English Language Learners

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upward

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adverb up·ward \ˈəp-wərd\

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

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upward

adjective up·ward

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

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

upwards

\-wərdz\

Definition of upward for Students

  1. 1 :  in a direction from lower to higher The balloon floated upward.

  2. 2 :  toward a higher or better state

  3. 3 :  toward a greater amount or a higher number or rate

  4. 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

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adjective up·ward

Definition of upward for Students

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

upwardly

adverb

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