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Definition of "upward" []

  • In, to, or toward a higher place, level, or position: flying upward. (adverb)
  • Toward a higher position in a hierarchy or on a socioeconomic scale: a young executive moving upward fast. (adverb)
  • To or toward the source, origin, or interior. (adverb)
  • Toward the head or upper parts: bare from the waist upward. (adverb)
  • Toward a higher amount, degree, or rank: Prices soared upward. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "upward" in a sentence
  • "Toss or throw the ball straight upward as high as possible; catch it in one hand (right, then left), with palm _upward_."
  • "But now McCain has begun to define the term upward, leaving no mogul or tycoon behind."
  • "Mr. Bryant also said that the food industry is in a "long-term upward trend on costs," which he said will probably also rise in 2012."