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 for upwards
As the autogyro moves forward, air blows upwards through it, making it spin.
Unlike in tennis, the serve is restricted by the laws so that it must be hit
  upwards.
This card is placed face upwards on the table the dealer must respond by
  playing a card.
The unit is usually a tall, thin cylinder, with many tubes upwards through it.
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