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From Old English upweardes, equivalent to up +‎ -ward.

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upward (not comparable)

  1. In a direction from lower to higher; toward a higher place; in a course toward the source or origin.
    We ran upward.
    • 1594–1597, Richard Hooker, edited by J[ohn] S[penser], Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie, [], London: [] Will[iam] Stansby [for Matthew Lownes], published 1611, →OCLC, (please specify the page):
      Looking inward, we are stricken dumb; looking upward, we speak and prevail.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XXIII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      If the afternoon was fine they strolled together in the park, very slowly, and with pauses to draw breath wherever the ground sloped upward. The slightest effort made the patient cough.
  2. In the upper parts; above.
  3. Yet more; indefinitely more; above; over.

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upward (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The upper part; the top.

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upward (comparative more upward, superlative most upward)

  1. Directed toward a higher place.
    with upward eye; with upward course

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