Definitions for upwardˈʌp wərd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

up•wardˈʌp wərd(adv.)up′wards.

  1. toward a higher place or position:

    birds flying upward.

  2. toward a higher or more distinguished condition, rank, level, etc.

  3. beyond; more.

  4. toward a large city, the source or origin of a stream, or the interior of a country or region.

  5. in the upper parts; above.

  6. (adj.)moving or tending upward; directed at or situated in a higher place or position.

Idioms for upward:

  1. upward(s) of, more than.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of upward:

bef. 900


Princeton's WordNet

  1. upward(adj)

    directed up

    "the cards were face upward"; "an upward stroke of the pen"

  2. up(a), upward(a)(adverb)

    extending or moving toward a higher place

    "the up staircase"; "a general upward movement of fish"

  3. up, upwards, upward, upwardly(adverb)

    spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position

    "look up!"; "the music surged up"; "the fragments flew upwards"; "prices soared upwards"; "upwardly mobile"

  4. up, upwards, upward(adverb)

    to a later time

    "they moved the meeting date up"; "from childhood upward"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. upward(adjective)ˈʌp wərd

    moving toward a higher position

    an upward swing of the bat

  2. upwardˈʌp wərd

    increasing in amount or level

    an upward trend in prices


  1. upward(Noun)

    The upper part; the top.

    From the extremest upward of thy head. -Shak.

  2. upward(Adverb)

    In a direction from lower to higher; toward a higher place; in a course toward the source or origin; -- opposed to downward; as, to tend or roll upward.

    Looking inward, we are stricken dumb; looking upward, we speak and prevail. -Hooker.

  3. upward(Adverb)

    In the upper parts; above.

    Dagon his name, sea monster, upward man, And down ward fish. -Milton.

  4. upward(Adverb)

    Yet more; indefinitely more; above; over.

    From twenty years old and upward. -Num. i. 3.

  5. upward(Adverb)

    Directed toward a higher place; as, with upward eye; with upward course.

  6. Origin: From upweardes. See up, ward.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upward(adverb)

    alt. of Upwards

  2. Upward(adj)

    directed toward a higher place; as, with upward eye; with upward course

  3. Upward(noun)

    the upper part; the top

Translations for upward

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


going up or directed up

They took the upward path; an upward glance.

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