Pronunciation: (up'wurd),[key] —adv.Also,up'wards. 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.
—adj. moving or tending upward; directed at or situated in a higher place or position.