\ ˈəp How to pronounce up (audio) \

Definition of up

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a(1) : in or into a higher position or level especially : away from the center of the earth
(2) : from beneath the ground or water to the surface
(3) : from below the horizon
(5) : in or into an upright position sit up especially : out of bed
b : upward from the ground or surface pull up a daisy
c : so as to expose a particular surface
2 : with greater intensity speak up
3a : in or into a better or more advanced state
b : at an end your time is up
c : in or into a state of greater intensity or excitement
d : to or at a greater speed, rate, or amount prices went up
e : in a continual sequence : in continuance from a point or to a point from third grade up at prices of $10 and up up until now
4a(1) : into existence, evidence, prominence, or prevalence
(2) : into operation or practical form
b : into consideration or attention bring up for discussion
5 : into possession or custody
6a : entirely, completely button up your coat
b used as an intensifier clean up the house
7 : in or into storage : by lay up supplies
8a : so as to arrive or approach
b : in a direction conventionally the opposite of down:
(1) : to windward
(2) : northward
(3) : to or at the top
(4) : to or at the rear of a theatrical stage
9 : in or into parts
10 : to a stop usually used with draw, bring, fetch, or pull
11 : for each side the score is 15 up

Definition of up (Entry 2 of 6)

1a : risen above the horizon the sun is up
b : standing
c : being out of bed
d : relatively high the river is up was well up in her class
e : being in a raised position : lifted windows are up
f : being in a state of completion : constructed, built
g : having the face upward
h : mounted on a horse a new jockey up
i : grown above a surface the corn is up
j(1) : moving, inclining, or directed upward the up escalator
(2) : bound in a direction regarded as up
2a(1) : marked by agitation, excitement, or activity
(2) : positive or upbeat in mood or demeanor
b : being above a former or normal level (as of quantity or intensity) attendance is up the wind is up
c : exerting enough power (as for operation) sail when steam is up
d : ready specifically : highly prepared
e : going on : taking place find out what is up
3a : risen from a lower position men up from the ranks
b : being at the same level or point did not feel up to par
c(1) : well informed : abreast up on the news
(2) : being on schedule up on his homework
d : being ahead of one's opponent
4a : presented for or undergoing consideration contract up for negotiation also : charged before a court up for robbery
b : being the one whose turn it is you're up next
up against
: confronted with : face-to-face with the problem we are up against
up to
1 : capable of performing or dealing with feels up to the task
2 : engaged in what is he up to
3 : being the responsibility of it's up to me

Definition of up (Entry 3 of 6)

1a used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of went up the stairs
b : up into or in the was hid away up garret— Mark Twain
2a : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of lives a few miles up the coast walked up the street
b : toward or near a point closer to the source or beginning of sail up the river
3 : in the direction opposite to sailed up the wind



Definition of up (Entry 4 of 6)

1 : one in a high or advantageous position
2 : an upward slope
3 : a period or state of prosperity or success
5 : a fundamental quark that has an electric charge of +2/3 and that is one of the constituents of a nucleon


upped\ ˈəpt How to pronounce up (audio) \ or in intransitive verb sense 2 up; upped; upping; ups or in intransitive verb sense 2 up

Definition of up (Entry 5 of 6)

intransitive verb

1a : to rise from a lying or sitting position
b : to move upward : ascend
2 used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated he up and quit his job

transitive verb

1 : raise, lift
2a : to advance to a higher level:
(1) : increase

Definition of UP (Entry 6 of 6)

Upper Peninsula (of Michigan)

Examples of up in a Sentence

Adverb The land rises up from the valley. She stood beneath the window and called up to her friend. Please pick your clothes up off the floor. We watched the sun come up. He held up his hand. We stored the boxes up in the attic. She stuck a notice up on the wall. What's going on up there? He looked up at the stars. The cards were on the table facing up. Adjective The candy is up on the top shelf. The window is already up. Your package is up at the front desk. We were up near the stage. Are the kids up yet? We are up every morning at six. I was up all night studying for the test. Gas prices are up again. Preposition He climbed up the ladder. She had to walk her bike up the hill. The bathroom is up the stairs. Go up the street and turn left. We walked up the street to meet them. They live just up the block from us. I paddled the canoe up the river. The ship sailed up the coast. Her office is all the way up the hall on the right. He paced up and down the hall, waiting for news about his wife's operation. Verb climbing fuel prices have forced the delivery company to up its prices the road constantly ups and downs as it makes its way over the hills See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The series wraps up with a 6:10 p.m. start Saturday and a 1:40 p.m. start Sunday. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2022 For fathers and all father figures and for daughters age 4 and up, featuring dinner, dessert, dancing, photos, fun and games. Cindy Kent, Sun Sentinel, 20 May 2022 There’s a big climbing wall with a large cushion at the bottom and a water bucket at the top to soak them on the way up, plus a wide area to safely enter and exit the slide from. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 Overall, food prices are up by one-fifth, double the increase recorded in the U.S. in April. Paul Hannon, WSJ, 20 May 2022 The National Energy Administration has set Chinese mines a target of 4.4 billion tons this year, up 300 million on last year's record output. Laura He, CNN, 20 May 2022 The count of doses for people receiving the vaccine for the first time rose by 410, which was up by 24 compared to the increase in first doses a week earlier. Andy Davis, Arkansas Online, 20 May 2022 The San Antonio Spurs are up over the Heat by four points. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dunn said the series picks up after an incident similar to the 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Check with your insurer to find out whether any local pharmacies are offering tests with no up-front cost and if not, how to submit a claim for reimbursement. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 Since his introduction to Chicago, Bulls coach Billy Donovan consistently has emphasized his ideal style — up-tempo with a priority on pushing the ball up the court. Julia Poe, chicagotribune.com, 29 Jan. 2022 The Tennessee up-tempo offense might be the only way to have success against this dominating unit. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 11 Nov. 2021 And so Gabriel comes into his junior season as a Heisman Trophy candidate and the choreographer of new coach Gus Malzahn’s famous no-huddle, up-tempo offense. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 30 Aug. 2021 The goal is to provide global internet coverage, with users able to access Starlink anywhere in the world using a dish to connect to the network, at a cost of $99 per month and an up-front hardware fee of $499. Jonathan O'callaghan, Forbes, 26 May 2021 The original agreement included an up-front grant for $2,121,600 paid to the developer to acquire the property for phase one. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2021 Their challenge is to leverage novel solutions that will rapidly train 350 individuals in 90 days at no up-front cost, and place them in good jobs within 60 days. David Meyer, Fortune, 10 Mar. 2021 Get an up-close look at vehicles like a loader and 10-wheeler from the Town of Manchester’s Public Works Department. Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Defense was the difference in the early going with the Brewers doing Peralta no favors while the Nationals picked up their starter, Aaron Sanchez. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 May 2022 As sailors went into the frigid waters, the helicopter’s spotlight illuminated them until they were picked up by a small boat from the frigate Thach or were hauled aboard the William McGaw, Ryan said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 In 2010, the Rawlins couple saw an opportunity for growth elsewhere and picked up the franchise, moving it to Orlando and rebranding it to Orlando City SC. Austin David, Orlando Sentinel, 21 May 2022 The Mavericks didn’t have to see as much of Draymond Green, who picked up his fifth foul with 6:01 left in the third, then returned with 6:33 left before fouling out with 2:25 to go. Janie Mccauley, BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2022 Sony Pictures Classics recently picked up rights in North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 21 May 2022 The gun possession case was picked up in May 2020, when Williams was just 14. Landon Mion, Fox News, 21 May 2022 The idea that the judge — who is paid $133,294 annually — would get picked up for cattle rustling was just too much for Susan Hays, a Texas election lawyer who’s wrangled with the Joneses in the past. Susan Carroll, NBC News, 21 May 2022 City attorney candidate Faisal Gil picked up the support of the Bruin Democrats, UCLA’s largest political organization, and the Los Angeles Progressive. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For those who want to up their comfort game but not break the bank, the Lucid 3-inch mattress topper is a great option. Amy Jamieson, PEOPLE.com, 15 Apr. 2022 Pearl Jam will up its cash commitment to carbon dioxide mitigation by a factor of 10 to $200 per pound on this outing, furthering its longstanding efforts to address the environmental impact of its touring carbon footprint. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 14 Mar. 2022 And Paramount will up its spending on streaming content from $2.2 billion in 2021 to $6 billion by 2024. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2022 Beyond that, though, there are many resources that can up-level your entrepreneurship and keep your business strategies modern and fresh. Mary Shores, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Microsoft, which had already promised to give 3 million people in the region internet access, will up its commitment to 4 million people and will also promise to teach digital skills to 100,000 people. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2021 Clayton Commission Chairman Jeff Turner said the county is trying to up its game by setting aside more funding for business development, including tech companies. Leon Stafford, ajc, 27 Sep. 2021 Add it to any order to up your meal's content of anti-inflammatory fat, fiber, antioxidants, and key vitamins and minerals, including potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and is needed for heart, muscle, and nerve function. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 10 Sep. 2021 There are always reasons to up your security options, and that’s not only because there could be an instance. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of up


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1643, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for up


partly from Middle English up upward, from Old English ūp; partly from Middle English uppe on high, from Old English; both akin to Old High German ūf up and probably to Latin sub under, Greek hypo under, hyper over — more at over

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\ ˈəp How to pronounce up (audio) \

Kids Definition of up

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : in or to a high or higher place or position She put her hand up.
2 : in or into a vertical position Stand up.
3 : from beneath a surface (as ground or water) Come up for air.
4 : with greater force or to a greater level Speak up. Turn the heat up.
5 : so as to make more active Stir up the fire.
6 : so as to appear or be present The missing ring turned up.
7 : completely Use it up.
8 : so as to approach or be near He walked up and said "hello."
9 : from below the horizon The sun came up.
10 : out of bed What time did you get up?
11 : in or into a better or more advanced state He worked his way up in the company. She grew up on a farm.
12 : for consideration or discussion I brought up the issue.
13 : into the control of another I gave myself up.
14 used to show completeness Fill up the gas tank.
15 : so as to be closed Seal up the package.
16 : in or into pieces The puppy tore it up.
17 : to a stop Pull up at the curb.
18 : into a working or usable state I set up the computer.



Kids Definition of up (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : risen above the horizon or ground The sun is up.
2 : being out of bed
3 : unusually high Gas prices are up.
4 : having been raised or built The windows are up. The house is up.
5 : moving or going upward an up elevator
6 : being busy and moving about He likes to be up and doing things.
7 : well prepared Are you up for this challenge?
8 : happy or excited The team was up after their win.
9 : going on Find out what's up.
10 : at an end Time is up.
11 : well informed I'm not up on the latest news.
12 : functioning correctly The computer system is up.



Kids Definition of up (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : to, toward, or at a higher point of He climbed up a ladder.
2 : to or toward the beginning of We paddled up a river.
3 : along entry 1 sense 1 Let's walk up the street.
up to
1 : as far as We found ourselves in mud up to our ankles.
2 : in accordance with The game was not up to our standards.
3 : to the limit of The car holds up to six people.



Kids Definition of up (Entry 4 of 5)

: a period or state of doing well You've had your ups and downs.


upped; upping

Kids Definition of up (Entry 5 of 5)

1 : to act suddenly or surprisingly The teenager upped and left home.
2 : to make or become higher Coffee producers upped prices.

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