What does upward mean?

Definitions for upward
ˈʌp wərdup·ward

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. upwardadjective

    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, upwardlyadverb

    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, upwardadverb

    to a later time

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


  1. upwardnoun

    The upper part; the top.

    From the extremest upward of thy head. -Shak.

  2. upwardadverb

    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. upwardadverb

    In the upper parts; above.

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

  4. upwardadverb

    Yet more; indefinitely more; above; over.

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

  5. upwardadverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Upwardadjective

    Directed to a higher part.

    Etymology: up and weard , Saxon.

    Spread upon a lake, with upward eye,
    A plump of fowl behold their foe on high. Dryden.

    The angel said,
    With upward speed his agile wings he spread. Matthew Prior.

  2. Upward, Upwardsadverb

    Etymology: up and weard .

    I thought
    To smooth your passage, and to soften death:
    For I would have you, when you upward move,
    Speak kindly of me to our friends above. Dryden.

    In sheets of rain the sky descends,
    And ocean swell’d with waters upwards tends;
    One rising, falling one; the heav’ns and sea
    Meet at their confines, in the middle way. Dryden.

    A man on a cliff, is at liberty to leap twenty yards downwards into the sea, not because he has power to do the contrary action, which is to leap twenty yards upwards, for that he cannot do; but he is therefore free, because he has a power to leap, or not to leap. John Locke.

    Looking inward, we are stricken dumb; looking upward, we speak and prevail. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Dagon, sea-monster! upward man,
    And downward fish. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. i.

    Their counsel must seem very unseasonable, who advise men now to suspect that, wherewith the world hath had, by their own account, twelve hundred years acquaintance and upwards, enough to take away suspicion. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    I have been your wife in this obedience
    Upward of twenty years; and have been blest
    With many children by you. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    Be ’s works your study;
    Thence form your judgment, thence your notions bring,
    And trace the muses upward to their spring. Alexander Pope.

  3. Upwardnoun

    The top. Out of use.

    From th’ extreamest upward of thy head,
    To the descent and dust below thy foot,
    A most toad-spotted traitor. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.


  1. upward

    Upward refers to a direction, movement, or position that leads toward a higher place, position, or level. It often signifies progress, improvement, or advancement. This term can also figuratively mean a positive development or trend in various contexts such as business, education, social status, among others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upwardadverb

    alt. of Upwards

  2. Upwardadjective

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

  3. Upwardnoun

    the upper part; the top

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Upward

    up′ward, adj. directed up or to a higher place.—advs. Up′ward, Up′wardly, Up′wards, toward a higher direction; Up′ways, upward.—Upward of, more than, about.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Upward is ranked #160975 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Upward surname appeared 100 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Upward.

    89% or 89 total occurrences were White.

Anagrams for upward »

  1. draw up

  2. updraw

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of upward in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of upward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of upward in a Sentence

  1. Stephen S. Wise:

    Vision looks inward and becomes duty.Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration.Vision looks upward and becomes faith.

  2. Thomas Simons:

    We got some pretty surprising GDP data, an upward revision, and not too many people had pegged that.

  3. Francis Collins:

    This is going very steeply upward with no signs of having peaked out.

  4. Thomas Mielke:

    We expect prices will recover ... my expectation is palm oil futures are likely to recover to 2,700-3,000 ringgit until June, there's a lot of upward potential.

  5. Chuck Carlson:

    The market was overdue for a bounce. Perhaps we're getting that now, i'd love to say we're onward and upward from here but I don't think things work that way.

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  • hacia arribaSpanish
  • vers le hautFrench
  • ऊपर की ओरHindi
  • superiora locaLatin
  • whakarungaMāori
  • omhoogDutch
  • наверх, свыше, вверху, подниматься, кверху, выше, восходящий, ввысь, вверх, наверхуRussian
  • uppåtSwedish

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