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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. up, upwards, upwardadverb

    to a later time

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


  1. upwardsadverb

    Towards a higher place; towards what is above.

  2. upwardsadverb

    To a higher figure or amount.

  3. upwardsadverb

    Towards something which is higher in order, larger, superior etc.

  4. upwardsadverb

    Backwards in time, into the past.

  5. upwardsadverb

    To or into later life.

  6. Etymology: From upweardes, uppweardes.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. 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.


  1. upwards

    Upwards refers to a direction or movement towards a higher point or position, physically, metaphorically, or statistically. It can imply improvement, advancement, or progress.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upwardsadverb

    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

  2. Upwardsadverb

    in the upper parts; above

  3. Upwardsadverb

    yet more; indefinitely more; above; over


  1. Upwards

    Upwards is a Mercury Music Prize nominated album by British hip hop artist Ty, released in 2003 by Big Dada.

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'upwards' in Adverbs Frequency: #339

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of upwards in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of upwards in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of upwards in a Sentence

  1. Susan Sarich:

    We increased hourly pay close to 20 % [ but ] the cost of living is off the charts, some are commuting upwards of an hour and a half each way and you add on gas prices and it's like, how does the math work ?

  2. Mark Spellman:

    Raytheon Co -LRB- RYT.N -RRB- has been our number one holding in the defense sector, because they have more international sales, upwards of 40 percent of what they do now is non-US business. And that's the highest percentage of any defense contractor.

  3. Kit Yates:

    In January, before the vaccination program really got into full swing we were maybe seeing upwards of 10 % of cases going on to be hospitalized. Now that figure is down to between 2 % and 3 %, so vaccines are making a huge difference.

  4. Nick Ingrassia:

    Yearly reserve revisions are part-and-parcel of the business (both upwards and downwards) - so their absence alone may warrant further investigation.

  5. Rory Trahair:

    In terms of superyacht owners, I'd say they were upwards of 90 % male, that said, superyachts on the whole are designed for the preferences of a couple -- for their interests, design, style, and taste.

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