upward

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English upweardes. See up, ward.

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upward

  1. 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.
    • Richard Hooker (1554-1600)
      Looking inward, we are stricken dumb; looking upward, we speak and prevail.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 23, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      If the afternoon was fine they strolled together in the park, very slowly, and with pauses to draw breath wherever the ground sloped upward. The slightest effort made the patient cough.
  2. In the upper parts; above.
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      Dagon his name, sea monster, upward man, / And downward fish.
  3. Yet more; indefinitely more; above; over.
    • Bible, Numbers i. 3.
      From twenty years old and upward.

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upward (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The upper part; the top.
    From the extremest upward of thy head. -Shak.

Adjective[edit]

upward (comparative more upward, superlative most upward)

  1. Directed toward a higher place.
    with upward eye; with upward course

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