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upwards

adverb
     
up‧wards also upward especially American English
1 moving or pointing towards a higher position [≠ downwards]:
Pointing upwards, he indicated a large nest high in the tree.
The path began to climb steeply upwards.
2 increasing to a higher level [≠ downwards]:
The expected rate of inflation was revised upwards.
Prices are moving upwards again.
3 more than a particular amount, time etc:
children of 14 and upwards
The meeting was attended by upwards of (=over) 500 people.

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