\ 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)

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb An April survey of regional business by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis indicated overall wage growth is up 3% over the last year. Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune, 13 June 2021 The biotech index is up 7% this year, compared with 13% for the S&P 500, and sits 6% below the record set back in February. Charley Grant, WSJ, 13 June 2021 Consumer spending is up about 7.5% since January, said University of South Carolina Professor William Hauk, who studied stimulus payments with his business classes. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 13 June 2021 Sales of whiskey are up 49% over the past five years and even grew last year when bars and restaurants were forced to shut down due to the pandemic. Katie Lobosco, CNN, 12 June 2021 The stock price is up about 1,252% from the beginning of this year. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 12 June 2021 Assaults with a firearm are up 73% from last year, and Oakland police officers have recovered 500 firearms so far this year, police said. San Francisco Chronicle, 11 June 2021 Collin County home sales were up 33% year-over-year, according to the MetroTex Realtors. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 11 June 2021 Sales tax collections are up nearly 8% to $1.8 billion. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mitchell split through Jackson and Leonard on a pick-and-roll before weaving past Morris with an up-and-under move at the rim. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 Despite being made in the midst of a pandemic, the album does have a very up and optimistic feel. Gary Graff, cleveland, 8 June 2021 As a mid-range creator, ball-screen manipulator, and relentless post-up hunter against smaller guards, Dončić has improved his own traits at a quicker pace than the Clippers anticipated. Shane Young, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Of course, anything Hermès conjures images of the good life, but integrating the brand into your wardrobe on an item as pedestrian as a phone case is truly an up-level. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 May 2021 And those figures both include the up-to-400 pounds that can be stowed in the large and handy front trunk. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 20 May 2021 The Nets ran post-up plays on just 2.4 percent of their actions this year, second fewest in the NBA. BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2021 Greatness requires a lot of work — and a willingness to fail — and his up-and-down, hit-and-miss recording career is a testament to that. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021 On numerous occasions, Oklahoma City’s youngsters kept a proper defensive stance and rotated at the right time, only for Curry to weave through traffic for an up-and-under layup or drain a deep 3-pointer. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Trump is closely watching the ballot review and taking an active role in sizing up the Republican candidates in Arizona’s 2022 U.S. Senate primary race. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 16 June 2021 During the first session of full-team drills, Garrett lined up at edge opposite Clowney, with Malik Jackson and Andrew Billings in the middle. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 16 June 2021 Jones, who caught 45 touchdown passes and racked up 5,195 receiving yards during his eight years in Green Bay — most thanks to passes from Rodgers — serves as an analyst for NFL Network. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2021 Thanks to her daughter's research, Birch has been living at the Jefferson Green Apartments, made up of 312 affordable housing units at 1253 McCawley Road, for about a year. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 16 June 2021 Chase wouldn't look at this as a back-up plan, say those closest to him. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 16 June 2021 Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have dominated the last two meetings on their home floor to tie this series up and have all the momentum coming back with them to Brooklyn tonight. oregonlive, 16 June 2021 The simplicity of hearing the message that God loves you is soaked up by the children, and yet, hearing it again in this setting somehow refreshes even the most theologically sophisticated adult. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, 16 June 2021 That group, minus Goldman, showed up Tuesday, but now the coach has a marquee player on the defense — someone the team drafted, developed and then rewarded — who’s taking a pass on minicamp. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 16 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Take it, and this could up your profile substantially. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2021 Frye is eager for his industry to up its diversity and inclusion game. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2021 Sorento ticks another box with a lockable center differential and mechanical AWD, equipment which should up its game in slush and snow quite a bit. Dan Neil, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2020 Again, Cydia argues that more competition would force Apple to up its game. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2020 Get ready to up your cooking game while learning so much in the process. SELF, 3 Dec. 2020 Alibaba is spending 28 billion Hong Kong dollars ($3.6 billion) to up its stake in Sun Art Retail Group from 36% to 72%, the company said in a statement Monday. Sherisse Pham, CNN, 19 Oct. 2020 And having grown everything from herbs to Brussels sprouts to squash, she's been able to up her game in the kitchen. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, 12 Oct. 2020 The White House went into the meeting with plans to up its stimulus offer from $1.3 trillion to $1.5 trillion—and include provisions that would allow the package to rise to $2 trillion if the pandemic persists beyond a certain point. Fortune, 30 Sep. 2020

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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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English Language Learners Definition of up

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: from a lower to a higher place or position
: in a high position or place
: toward the sky or ceiling

English Language Learners Definition of up (Entry 2 of 5)

: in a high place or position
: raised so as to be opened
: risen above the horizon

English Language Learners Definition of up (Entry 3 of 5)

: to, toward, or at a higher point on (something)
: along the course or path of (something)



English Language Learners Definition of up (Entry 4 of 5)

: a period or state of success, happiness, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of up (Entry 5 of 5)

: to make (something) higher


\ 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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