upwards of

variants: or less commonly upward of

Definition of upwards of

: more than : in excess of they cost upwards of $25

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More than 30 financial institutions have committed to investing upward of $14 billion, according to a draft document that outlines the terms of PG&E’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "PG&E preparing to file bankruptcy exit plan, including $14 billion investment," 6 Sep. 2019 It was estimated the total recovery could require upwards of $200 billion. Emily Caron, SI.com, "JJ Watt's Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds Has Built More Than 1,100 Homes," 29 Aug. 2019 Officials project upward of $2 billion in sales leading to roughly $500 million in revenue for the state, which has the Chicago Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, Sky, White Sox and Cubs. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Sports leagues will need to revisit cannabis rules as more states legalize weed," 1 Aug. 2019 Some areas in this region could see storm totals upward of 15 inches by the time the remnants of Barry push into the Ohio Valley by midweek. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Louisiana is cleaning up after Tropical Storm Barry brought rain, wind and flooding," 15 July 2019 Roy said the anniversary gala scheduled for Oct. 3 at the Palace Hotel is the organization’s big annual fundraising event and could bring in upward of $450,000. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "SF top Dem Campos wants Shanti to pull award to Dede Wilsey — cites GOP fundraiser," 28 Aug. 2019 The event generally attracts upwards of 450 students from around the state. Anchorage Daily News, "The healing power of community: NYO coach leads the way in reviving healthy cultural traditions in Southeast Alaska," 27 Aug. 2019 For example, auditors suggested that the department could increase patrol staffing upwards of 700 officers at all seven subdivisions to a total of 2,109 patrol officers. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Dallas police Chief U. Renée Hall back from medical leave, aiming to cure what ails her department," 26 Aug. 2019 Rasmussen estimated that upwards of 50% of physicians are either skeptical of the utility of telemedicine or don’t know how to use it. Ginger Christ, cleveland.com, "Digital diagnosis on the rise: Telemedicine connects more NE Ohio doctors with patients," 25 Aug. 2019

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1683, in the meaning defined above

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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