upwards of

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

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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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Idioms & Phrases

upwards of

Also, upward of. More than, in excess of, as in Upwards of 30,000 spectators filled the ballpark. [c. 1600]

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