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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According to the museum, hundreds of productions are filmed in the Louvre each year, and can cost upwards of 15,000 euros, or $17,500. Lindsey V Thompson, Teen Vogue, "The Louvre Is Adding a Tour Inspired by Beyoncé and Jay-Z's "APESH*T" Music Video," 6 July 2018 The county says climate change will cost upward of $157 million to adapt to by 2050. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Colorado thinks it has a chance to make oil companies pay for climate change," 5 July 2018 More than 50 archival pieces are on sale, ranging from $71 to upward of $5,000. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Rare Comme des Garçons Clothes Are on Sale Right Now," 11 July 2018 The condo units are valued at upwards of $100,000 each, depending on the unit, according to Old Orchard Beach’s town website. Andres Picon, BostonGlobe.com, "Fire destroys condo complex on Old Orchard Beach; 16 residents displaced," 9 July 2018 On the other hand, the Cox Pavilion just across the concourse can only hold upwards of 3,000 and looks more like a practice gym. The Heat Index, azcentral, "NBA Summer League: Jerry West, Steve Ballmer, and Mark Cuban walk into an arena...," 6 July 2018 At first glance, wood grilling is a rich person’s sport, with top models retailing for upward of $10,000. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Cooking Over Wood: A Guide to the Grills," 29 June 2018 Needed surgeries for at least two of the dogs could cost upward of $20,000, the newspaper reported. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Wife of U-Haul billionaire allegedly dumps sick dogs on charity, agrees to pay medical bills after nasty spat," 27 June 2018 Rental units range from $2,700 for studios to upwards of $9,000 for larger units. Lara Korte, WSJ, "City Wants to Rezone Brooklyn’s Gowanus Area to Draw More Development," 18 June 2018

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1683, in the meaning defined above

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