up to

preposition

Definition of up to

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 month
  • worked up to the last minute

First Known Use of up to

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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