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Difference Between Onward and Upward

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Onward

In a continuing forward direction; ahead
She stumbled onward

Upward

In, to, or toward a higher place, level, or position
Flying upward.

Onward

(of a journey) continuing or moving forward
Informing passengers where to change for their onward journey
The onward march of history

Upward

Toward a higher position in a hierarchy or on a socioeconomic scale
A young executive moving upward fast.

Onward

Moving or tending forward.

Upward

Toward the head or upper parts
Bare from the waist upward.
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Onward

In a direction or toward a position that is ahead in space or time; forward.

Upward

Toward a higher amount, degree, or rank
Prices soared upward.

Onward

(not comparable) Moving forward.
There was an onward rush as the gates opened.

Upward

Toward a later time or age
From adolescence upward.

Onward

Advanced in a forward direction or toward an end.

Upward

Directed toward a higher place or position
Upward movement.
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Onward

In a forward direction.

Upward

In a direction from lower to higher; toward a higher place; in a course toward the source or origin
We ran upward

Onward

To keep going; to progress or persevere.

Upward

In the upper parts; above.

Onward

Moving in a forward direction; tending toward a contemplated or desirable end; forward; as, an onward course, progress, etc.

Upward

Yet more; indefinitely more; above; over.

Onward

Advanced in a forward direction or toward an end.
Within a while, Philoxenus came to see how onward the fruits were of his friend's labor.

Upward

(obsolete) The upper part; the top.

Onward

Toward a point before or in front; forward; progressively; as, to move onward.
Not one looks backward, onward still he goes.

Upward

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

Onward

Moving toward a position ahead;
Forward motion
The onward course of events

Upward

In a direction from lower to higher; toward a higher place; in a course toward the source or origin; - opposed to downward; as, to tend or roll upward.
Looking inward, we are stricken dumb; looking upward, we speak and prevail.

Onward

Forward in time or order or degree;
From that time forth
From the sixth century onward

Upward

In the upper parts; above.
Dagon his name, sea monster, upward man,And down ward fish.

Onward

In a forward direction;
Go ahead
The train moved ahead slowly
The boat lurched ahead
Moved onward into the forest
They went slowly forward in the mud

Upward

Yet more; indefinitely more; above; over.
From twenty years old and upward.
I have been your wife in this obedienceUpward of twenty years.

Upward

Directed toward a higher place; as, with upward eye; with upward course.

Upward

The upper part; the top.
From the extremest upward of thy head.

Upward

Directed up;
The cards were face upward
An upward stroke of the pen

Upward

Extending or moving toward a higher place;
The up staircase
A general upward movement of fish

Upward

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

Upward

To a later time;
They moved the meeting date up
From childhood upward

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