Definition of upwardly mobile in English:

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upwardly mobile

Pronunciation: /ˌəpwərdlē ˈmōb(ə)l/


Moving to a higher social class; acquiring wealth and status.
Example sentences
  • Judging from the polls, they are even starting to attract upwardly mobile Hispanics who regularly attend church.
  • The film is set in an upwardly mobile neighborhood in suburban Massachusetts.
  • Every hurt, angry, upwardly mobile divorcing person is vulnerable to such fantasies.


upward mobility

Pronunciation: /ˌəpwərd ˌmōˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • Building on the living wage model, he can focus municipal subsidies on industries and firms that provide decent pay, benefits and upward mobility.
  • Such mothers are unlikely to ‘shape their children's character and ability’ in ways that lead to upward mobility.
  • Alm and Cox argue that education is a key to the ‘readily’ available upward mobility in the US.

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Syllabification: up·ward·ly mo·bile

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