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adjective up·right \ˈəp-ˌrīt\

Simple Definition of upright

  • : positioned to be straight up

  • —used to describe something that is tall rather than wide

  • : always behaving in an honest way : having high moral standards

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of upright

  1. 1 a :  perpendicular, vertical b :  erect in carriage or posture c :  having the main axis or a main part perpendicular <upright freezer>

  2. 2 :  marked by strong moral rectitude <an upright citizen>

uprightly

adverb

uprightness

noun

Examples of upright in a sentence

  1. Put your seat back in the upright position.

  2. The container should be kept upright to prevent leaks.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of upright

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of upright

upright, honest, just, conscientious, scrupulous, honorable mean having or showing a strict regard for what is morally right. upright implies a strict adherence to moral principles <a stern and upright minister>. honest stresses adherence to such virtues as truthfulness, candor, fairness <known for being honest in business dealings>. just stresses conscious choice and regular practice of what is right or equitable <workers given just compensation>. conscientious and scrupulous imply an active moral sense governing all one's actions and painstaking efforts to follow one's conscience <conscientious in the completion of her assignments> <scrupulous in carrying out the terms of the will>. honorable suggests a firm holding to codes of right behavior and the guidance of a high sense of honor and duty <a difficult but honorable decision>.

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upright

adverb up·right

Definition of upright

  1. :  vertically upward :  in an upright position



12th Century

First Known Use of upright

12th century


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upright

noun up·right

Simple Definition of upright

  • : a board or pole placed in a vertical position to support something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of upright

  1. 1 :  the state of being upright :  perpendicular <a pillar out of upright>

  2. 2 :  something that stands upright; especially :  a football goalpost —usually used in plural

  3. 3 :  upright piano

Examples of upright in a sentence

  1. The uprights of the structure were embedded in concrete.



1683

First Known Use of upright

1683



UPRIGHT Defined for Kids

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upright

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adjective up·right \ˈəp-ˌrīt\

Definition of upright for Students

  1. 1 :  1vertical <an upright post>

  2. 2 :  straight in posture

  3. 3 :  having or showing high moral standards

uprightly

adverb



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adverb up·right

Definition of upright for Students

  1. :  in or into a vertical position <… careful to keep it upright, he held a wooden object above their heads. — Mary Norton, The Borrowers>





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