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upwards Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position
    upward; upwardly; up.
    • look up!
    • the music surged up
    • the fragments flew upwards
    • prices soared upwards
    • upwardly mobile
  2. adverb to a later time
    upward; up.
    • they moved the meeting date up
    • from childhood upward

Up"ward, Up"wards adverb (Also<
  • Upward
  • Upwards
AS. upweardes. See Up-, and -wards.
  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. I. Watts.
    Looking inward, we are stricken dumb; looking upward, we speak and prevail. Hooker.
  2. In the upper parts; above.
    Dagon his name, sea monster, upward man, And down ward fish. Milton.
  3. Yet more; indefinitely more; above; over.
    From twenty years old and upward. Num. i. 3.
    I have been your wife in this obedience Upward of twenty years. Shak.
Up"ward adjective
AS. upweard. See Up, and -ward.
  1. Directed toward a higher place; as, with upward eye; with upward course.
Up"ward noun
  1. The upper part; the top. Obs.
    From the extremest upward of thy head. Shak.

Webster 1913