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
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By October of this year, the typical rate for a 30-year loan had soared past 8%, up from 6.4% in January.—Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 1 Dec. 2023 About 26% of respondents were familiar with the term, up from 22% in 2022 and way up from 17% in 2013.—Anne Field, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Pilgrim’s Pride’s profit margin rose to 22 cents per pound, up from 12 cents.—H. Claire Brown, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2023 Currently, 27% of new vehicle sales in the state are zero-emission vehicles, up from 5% when Newsom took office.—Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2023 Within energy communities, the report said, announcements of clean investments grew to an average of $5 billion per month after the IRA was enacted, up from $2 billion beforehand in those areas and $2.5 billion in the rest of the country.—Brian Cheung, NBC News, 29 Nov. 2023 Apple got 22% of its sales from that category last year, up from less than 10% a decade ago.—Mark Gurman, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2023 Prices, already sky-high, have gotten even higher, up nearly 40 percent over the past three years.—Ben Casselman, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2023 San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Second Ave., Downtown. $42.50 and up.—Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023
Before contact with the host cell, the spike shifts from a down to an up conformation, allowing binding and enabling infection of the cell.—William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 Note the up move in rates on Friday (May 5) (gold) after the release of the payroll report vs. the Wednesday (May 3) (gray) levels.—Robert Barone, Forbes, 6 May 2023 Texas Tech runs an up tempo offense that led the country in plays last season, has a 6-foot-5 vertical threat, speedy slot receiver and 6-foot-9 tight end.—oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2023 The new rules force council members into an up or down vote.—Joseph D. Bryant | Jbryant@al.com, al, 27 June 2023 Although each stock reflects many factors and different conditions, the lack of buying interest on an up day for each of the major indexes is troubling.—John Navin, Forbes, 17 July 2023 And if not, pick some up scapes at your local farmers' market.—Christopher Michel, Country Living, 13 July 2023 If the suede is matted, brush in the up direction to lift the fibers and the stain.—Taryn Mohrman, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2023 Series Mania Expands Its Co-Production Drive Unlike Mip-TV, Series Mania is not much of a sales market but rather a huge up-stream financing and co-production forum.—John Hopewell, Variety, 24 Mar. 2023
The former, from 1957, drew 42.2 million streams (up 62%) worldwide in the tracking week, while the latter, released in 2014, logged 35.6 million (up 57%).—Gary Trust, Billboard, 4 Dec. 2023 In one scene, Keoghan watches Elordi masturbate in a bathtub and afterward is seen licking up Elordi’s semen around the tub’s drain.—Anna Tingley, Variety, 4 Dec. 2023 But these usually happen on the heads of hair chameleons like Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox, who are known for switching up their hairstyles and colors all the time as is.—Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 4 Dec. 2023 At the close of the piece, the Jews rise up in defiance, singing in unison the Hebrew prayer Shema Yisrael.—John Adams, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 In anticipation of the counteroffensive, the effort was scaled up with one or more battalions of about 600 Ukrainian soldiers cycling through at a time.—Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2023 In video widely circulated on social media, Aimaq could be seen climbing up the bleachers before reaching a young man — who was considerably shorter than the 6-foot-11 player.—David K. Li, NBC News, 23 Nov. 2023 Make sure to stop by their storefront over the next month—Lum notes the team has plenty more holiday homewares surprises up their sleeve.—Liam Hess, Vogue, 23 Nov. 2023 Expect deals to go live during the pregame and postgame shows, with new deals also popping up during half-time.—Jeremy Wilson, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023
From the Kardashian-Jenners to Jodie Turner-Smith; Taylor Russell to Hailey Bieber, those who subscribe to the trend cycle have been upping their squatting regimes and feeling the breeze on their buttocks this year.—Alice Newbold, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2023 Traders now expect the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates by nearly a full percentage point next year, upping their bets after consumer prices didn't rise in October.—Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2023 We’re set to clock in the warmest year on record, thanks to climate change, and that’s had a major impact on industries that can’t up stakes and move to avoid it—like the winemaking business.—Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 12 Nov. 2023 In 2022, the championship game had been relegated to a noon start time, outside of CBS Sports’ primetime window, until one of the NWSL’s sponsors upped its media investment prompting the network to shift the game to the more desirable 8 p.m.—Paolo Confino, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2023 Thanks to the treasure trove of TikTok tutorials, many of us have been able to up our DIY hair game — so these sales couldn't be more helpful.—Shanna Shipin, Allure, 8 Nov. 2023 And then rising interest rates led real estate owners to drop rent and sell office space for cheap—upping competition for WeWork.—Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2023 Endeavor agent Ari Emanuel went back to HBO to up its offer, but the cabler held fast to its commitment to a pilot only.—Peter Biskind, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Nov. 2023 In doing so, the union managed to pressure Ford into upping wage increases to nearly triple its original 9% offer, Vincent said.—Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 26 Oct. 2023 See More
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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
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a