I. adverb or upwards Date: before 12th century 1. a. in a direction from lower to higher <
the kite rose upward
b. (1) toward the source (as of a river) (2) toward the interior (as of a region) c. in a higher position <
held out his hand, palm upward
d. in the upper parts ; toward the head ; above <
from the waist upward
2. toward a higher or better condition or level <
young lawyers moving upward
3. a. to an indefinitely greater amount, figure, or rank <
from $5 upward
b. toward a greater amount or higher number, degree, or rate <
attendance figures have risen upward
4. toward or into later years <
from youth upward
II. adjective Date: 15th century 1. directed toward or situated in a higher place or level ; ascending 2. rising to a higher pitch • upwardly adverbupwardness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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