Pronunciation: (up'wurd), [key]
1. toward a higher place or position: The birds flew upward.
2. toward a higher or more distinguished condition, rank, level, etc.: His employer wishes to move him upward in the company.
3. to a greater degree; more: fourscore and upward.
4. toward a large city, the source or origin of a stream, or the interior of a country or region: They followed the Thames River upward from the North Sea to London.
5. in the upper parts; above.
6. upwards of, more than; above: My vacation cost me upwards of a thousand dollars.
moving or tending upward; directed at or situated in a higher place or position.
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