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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In, to, or toward a higher place, level, or position: flying upward.
  • adv. Toward a higher position in a hierarchy or on a socioeconomic scale: a young executive moving upward fast.
  • adv. To or toward the source, origin, or interior.
  • adv. Toward the head or upper parts: bare from the waist upward.
  • adv. Toward a higher amount, degree, or rank: Prices soared upward.
  • adv. Toward a later time or age: from adolescence upward.
  • adj. Directed toward a higher place or position: upward movement.
  • idiom upward More than; in excess of: "the onslaught of upwards of seventy divisions” ( Winston S. Churchill).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. 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.
  • adv. In the upper parts; above.
  • adv. Yet more; indefinitely more; above; over.
  • adv. Directed toward a higher place; as, with upward eye; with upward course.
  • n. The upper part; the top.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Directed toward a higher place.
  • adv. In a direction from lower to higher; toward a higher place; in a course toward the source or origin; -- opposed to downward.
  • adv. In the upper parts; above.
  • adv. Yet more; indefinitely more; above; over.
  • n. The upper part; the top.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Directed or turned to a higher place; having an ascending direction, literally or figuratively.
  • n. The top; the height.
  • Toward a higher place; in an ascending course: opposed to downward.
  • Toward heaven and God.
  • With respect to the higher part; in the upper parts.
  • Toward the source or origin: as, trace the stream upward.
  • More: used indefinitely.
  • On; onward.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to a later time
  • adj. directed up
  • adv. spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position
  • adj. extending or moving toward a higher place

Etymologies

From Old English upweardes. See up, ward. (Wiktionary)

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