upward

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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
    We ran upward
    • (Can we date this quote?) Richard Hooker
      Looking inward, we are stricken dumb; looking upward, we speak and prevail.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 23, in 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      From the extremest upward of thy head.

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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