perk up

Definition of perk up


  1. 1 :  to become more lively or cheerful or to make (someone) more lively or cheerful We perked up when we heard the good news. The good news perked everyone up.

  2. 2 :  to make (something) fresher or more appealing The new paint job really perked up the room.

  3. 3 chiefly US, of an animal's ears :  to be lifted in a quick and alert way The dog's ears perked up. —often used figuratively of a person My ears perked up when I heard my name mentioned.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to thrust up the head, stretch out the neck, or carry the body in a bold or insolent manner

    :  to stick up or out jauntily

    :  to make smart or spruce in appearance :  freshen, improve

  1. :  percolate

  1. :  perquisite

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

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