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adv. or up·wards (-wərdz)
1. In, to, or toward a higher place, level, or position: flying upward.
2. Toward a higher position in a hierarchy or on a socioeconomic scale: a young executive moving upward fast.
3. Toward the head or upper parts: bare from the waist upward.
4. Toward a higher amount, degree, or rank: Prices soared upward.
5. Toward a later time or age: from adolescence upward.
Directed toward a higher place or position: upward movement.
upward/upwards of
More than; in excess of: "the onslaught of upwards of seventy divisions" (Winston S. Churchill).

up′ward·ly adv.


(ˈʌpwədz) or


1. from a lower to a higher place, level, condition, etc
2. towards a higher level, standing, etc


1. 'upwards'

In British English, if you move or look upwards, you move or look towards a place that is higher than the place where you are.

She stretched upwards to the curtain pole.
He had happened to look upwards.

Upwards is always an adverb.

2. 'upward'

Speakers of American English usually say upward instead of 'upwards'.

I began to climb upward over the steepest ground.

In both British and American English, upward is an adjective. An upward movement or look is one in which someone or something moves or looks upwards.

...a quick upward flick of the arm.
He would steal upward glances at the clock.

When upward is an adjective, you can only use it in front of a noun.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.upwards - spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher positionupwards - spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position; "look up!"; "the music surged up"; "the fragments flew upwards"; "prices soared upwards"; "upwardly mobile"
down, downward, downwardly, downwards - spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position; "don't fall down"; "rode the lift up and skied down"; "prices plunged downward"
2.upwards - to a later timeupwards - to a later time; "they moved the meeting date up"; "from childhood upward"


1. up, skywards, heavenwards Hunter nodded again and gazed upwards in fear.
2. (with of) above, over, more than, beyond, exceeding, greater than, in excess of projects worth upwards of 200 million pounds
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[ˈʌpwərdz] adv (mainly British)
(= towards higher place) [point, climb] → vers le haut
to look upwards → lever les yeux
to lie face upwards (= on one's back) → s'allonger sur le dos
to be lying face upwards → être allongé(e) sur le dos
(= towards higher amount) [move] → à la hausse
(= more) → plus
upwards of (= more than) → plus de
and upwards → et plus, et au-dessus


adv (esp Brit)
moveaufwärts, nach oben; to look upwardshochsehen, nach oben sehen; face upwardsmit dem Gesicht nach oben; from the waist upwardsvon der Hüfte aufwärts; onwards and upwardsvorwärts und aufwärts
(with numbers) prices from £4 upwardsPreise von £ 4 an, Preise ab £ 4; to be revised upwards (figures)nach oben korrigiert werden; from childhood upwardsvon Kind auf or an, von Kindheit an; and upwardsund darüber; upwards of 3000über 3000


صَاعِداً nahoru opad aufwärts προς τα πάνω hacia arriba ylöspäin vers le haut prema gore verso l’alto 上へ向かって 위쪽으로 naar boven oppover w górę para cima вверх uppåt ขึ้นไปทางเหนือ yukarıya doğru về phía trên 向上
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And but little time to do it in," added Heyward, glancing his eyes upwards, toward the bank of vapor that concealed the setting moon.
For upwards of twenty years before this epoch, the independent position of the Collector had kept the Salem Custom-House out of the whirlpool of political vicissitude, which makes the tenure of office generally so fragile.
Halting for an instant at the foot of the ladder, and with both hands grasping the ornamental knobs of the man-ropes, Father Mapple cast a look upwards, and then with a truly sailorlike but still reverential dexterity, hand over hand, mounted the steps as if ascending the main-top of his vessel.
Why, diving after the slowly descending head, Queequeg with his keen sword had made side lunges near its bottom, so as to scuttle a large hole there; then dropping his sword, had thrust his long arm far inwards and upwards, and so hauled out our poor Tash by the head.
Shelby, returning to his paper, which he seemed for a few moments quite intent upon, not perceiving that he was holding it bottom upwards.
Not a man of them could get his breath for upwards of two minutes.
If you are with the quality, or at a funeral, or trying to go to sleep when you ain't sleepy -- if you are anywheres where it won't do for you to scratch, why you will itch all over in upwards of a thousand places.
The punishment seemed to me in a high degree ignominious, especially for so great a girl--she looked thirteen or upwards.
On the top of the gallows is fixed the knife, blade upwards, with its point in the air.
See, how our house and church are lessening in the distance; how the grave beneath the tree is blotted out by intervening objects; how the spire points upwards from my old playground no more, and the sky is empty!
He did not turn me upside down, this time, to get at what I had, but left me right side upwards while I opened the bundle and emptied my pockets.
Still, I went on, singing to myself as I went, that my heart might not be faint with fear, and at length, towards the end of the second hour, the trees grew fewer, the ground sloped upwards, and the light poured down from the heavens again.