up to

preposition

1
used as a function word to indicate extension as far as a specified place
sank up to his knees in the mud
2
used as a function word to indicate a limit or boundary
up to 50,000 copies a monthworked up to the last minute

Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of up to was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Up to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/up%20to. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

up to

preposition
1
: as far as a named part or place
sank up to my hips
2
: in accordance with
the game was not up to our standards
3
a
: to the limit of
come in sizes up to 10
b
: as many or as much as
carry up to 10 tons
4
: until entry 1, till
from dawn up to dusk

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