upward

[uhp-werd]
adverb Also, upwards.
1.
toward a higher place or position: The birds flew upward.
2.
toward a higher or more distinguished condition, rank, level, etc.: His employer wishes to move him upward in the company.
3.
to a greater degree; more: fourscore and upward.
4.
toward a large city, the source or origin of a stream, or the interior of a country or region: They followed the Thames River upward from the North Sea to London.
5.
in the upper parts; above.
adjective
6.
moving or tending upward; directed at or situated in a higher place or position.
Idioms
7.
upwards of, more than; above: My vacation cost me upwards of a thousand dollars.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English upweard (cognate with Dutch opwaart). See up-, -ward

upwardly, adverb
upwardness, noun
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upward (ˈʌpwəd)
 
adj
1.  directed or moving towards a higher point or level
 
adv
2.  a variant of upwards
 
'upwardly
 
adv
 
'upwardness
 
n

upwards or upward (ˈʌpwədz)
 
adv
1.  from a lower to a higher place, level, condition, etc
2.  towards a higher level, standing, etc
 
upward or upward
 
adv

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upward
O.E. upweard, upweardes from up (see up) + -weard (see -ward). Cf. M.L.G. upwart, M.Du. opwaert, M.H.G. ufwart. Phrase upward mobility first recorded 1949; mainly restricted to sociologists' jargon until 1960s.
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Example sentences
It runs upward and backward, parallel to the central sulcus, and is sometimes
  divided into an upper and a lower ramus.
Salt oozed upward, splitting the rocks, and then water cracked them open
  further as it froze and thawed.
The highway heads upward, wrapping itself around the shoulders and dipping into
  the valleys of the mountains.
Shortly after you move away from the entrance, you're propelled upward at high
  speed by the linear motor.
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