Meaning of “upward” in the English Dictionary

"upward" in British English

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upwardadjective

uk /ˈʌp.wəd/ us /ˈʌp.wɚd/

C1 moving towards a higher position, level, or value:

With an upward trend in inflation, you expect prices to rise.
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  • There's been an upward trend in sales in the last few years.
  • Inflation is likely to accelerate this year, adding further upward pressure on interest rates.
  • Move the lever in an upward direction.
  • Mike found it difficult to swim in the strong upward current.
  • A sudden upward movement in property prices has made things increasingly difficult for first-time buyers.

(Definition of “upward” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"upward" in American English

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upwardadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈʌp·wərd/ also upwards, /ˈʌp·wərdz/

from a lower to a higher position, level, or value:

Tachi glanced upward to the stars.
upward
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˈʌp·wərd/

It was an upward climb to the campsite.

(Definition of “upward” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"upward" in Business English

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upwardadjective

uk /ˈʌpwəd/ us

moving towards a higher position, level, or value:

upward climb/momentum/movement London's shares maintained their upward momentum yesterday.
upward curve/trend The market has been on a steady upward trend since the Fed stopped raising rates.
upward pressure There are fears that further falls in the dollar will put more upward pressure on eurozone interest rates.

upwardadverb

uk /ˈʌpwəd/ us US

→  upwards

(Definition of “upward” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)