upward

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English upweardes, equivalent to up +‎ -ward.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈʌpwɜː(ɹ)d/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈʌpwə(ɹ)d/

Adverb[edit]

upward (comparative more upward, superlative most upward)

  1. In a direction from lower to higher; toward a higher place; in a course toward the source or origin
    We ran upward
    • 1594, Richard Hooker, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie
      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.
  3. Yet more; indefinitely more; above; over.

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upward (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The upper part; the top.

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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