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up

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adverb \ˈəp\

Definition of up

  1. 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 (4) :  upstream 1 (5) :  in or into an upright position sit up; especially :  out of bedb :  upward from the ground or surface pull up a daisyc :  so as to expose a particular surface

  2. 2 :  with greater intensity speak up

  3. 3a :  in or into a better or more advanced stateb :  at an end your time is upc :  in or into a state of greater intensity or excitementd :  to or at a greater speed, rate, or amount prices went upe :  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

  4. 4a (1) :  into existence, evidence, prominence, or prevalence (2) :  into operation or practical formb :  into consideration or attention bring up for discussion

  5. 5 :  into possession or custody

  6. 6a :  entirely, completely button up your coatb —used as an intensifier clean up the house

  7. 7 :  in or into storage :  by lay up supplies

  8. 8a :  so as to arrive or approachb :  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. 9 :  in or into parts

  10. 10 :  to a stop —usually used with draw, bring, fetch, or pull

  11. 11 :  for each side the score is 15 up

Examples of up in a Sentence

  1. The land rises up from the valley.

  2. She stood beneath the window and called up to her friend.

  3. Please pick your clothes up off the floor.

  4. We watched the sun come up.

  5. He held up his hand.

  6. We stored the boxes up in the attic.

  7. She stuck a notice up on the wall.

  8. What's going on up there?

  9. He looked up at the stars.

  10. The cards were on the table facing up.

Origin and Etymology of 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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up

adjective

Definition of up

  1. 1a :  risen above the horizon the sun is upb :  standingc :  being out of bedd :  relatively high the river is up was well up in her classe :  being in a raised position :  lifted windows are upf :  being in a state of completion :  constructed, builtg :  having the face upwardh :  mounted on a horse a new jockey upi :  grown above a surface the corn is upj (1) :  moving, inclining, or directed upward the up escalator (2) :  bound in a direction regarded as up

  2. 2a (1) :  marked by agitation, excitement, or activity (2) :  positive or upbeat in mood or demeanorb :  being above a former or normal level (as of quantity or intensity) attendance is up the wind is upc :  exerting enough power (as for operation) sail when steam is upd :  ready; specifically :  highly preparede :  going on :  taking place find out what is up

  3. 3a :  risen from a lower position men up from the ranksb :  being at the same level or point did not feel up to parc (1) :  well informed :  abreast up on the news (2) :  being on schedule up on his homeworkd :  being ahead of one's opponent

  4. 4a :  presented for or undergoing consideration contract up for negotiation; also :  charged before a court up for robberyb :  being the one whose turn it is you're up next

up against

  1. :  confronted with :  face-to-face with the problem we are up against

up to

  1. 1 :  capable of performing or dealing with feels up to the task

  2. 2 :  engaged in what is he up to

  3. 3 :  being the responsibility of it's up to me

Examples of up in a Sentence

  1. The candy is up on the top shelf.

  2. The window is already up.

  3. Your package is up at the front desk.

  4. We were up near the stage.

  5. Are the kids up yet?

  6. We are up every morning at six.

  7. I was up all night studying for the test.

  8. Gas prices are up again.

First Known Use of up

before 12th century


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up

preposition

Definition of up

  1. 1a —used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of went up the stairsb :  up into or in the was hid away up garret — Mark Twain

  2. 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 streetb :  toward or near a point closer to the source or beginning of sail up the river

  3. 3 :  in the direction opposite to sailed up the wind

Examples of up in a Sentence

  1. He climbed up the ladder.

  2. She had to walk her bike up the hill.

  3. The bathroom is up the stairs.

  4. Go up the street and turn left.

  5. We walked up the street to meet them.

  6. They live just up the block from us.

  7. I paddled the canoe up the river.

  8. The ship sailed up the coast.

  9. Her office is all the way up the hall on the right.

  10. He paced up and down the hall, waiting for news about his wife's operation.

First Known Use of up

1509


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up

noun

Definition of up

  1. 1 :  one in a high or advantageous position

  2. 2 :  an upward slope

  3. 3 :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  4. 4 :  3upper

  5. 5 :  a fundamental quark that has an electric charge of +2/3 and that is one of the constituents of a nucleon

First Known Use of up

1536


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up

verb

Definition of up

upped

play \ˈəpt\ or in intransitive verb sense 2

up

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upped

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upping

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ups

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up

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to rise from a lying or sitting positionb :  to move upward :  ascend

  3. 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

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  raise, lift

  6. 2a :  to advance to a higher level: (1) :  increase (2) :  promote 1ab :  raise 8d, e

Examples of up in a Sentence

  1. climbing fuel prices have forced the delivery company to up its prices

  2. the road constantly ups and downs as it makes its way over the hills

First Known Use of up

1643


UP

abbreviation

Definition of UP

  1. Upper Peninsula (of Michigan)


UP Defined for English Language Learners

up

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adverb

Definition of up for English Language Learners

  • : from a lower to a higher place or position

  • : in a high position or place

  • : toward the sky or ceiling

up

adjective

Definition of up for English Language Learners

  • : in a high place or position

  • : raised so as to be opened

  • : risen above the horizon

up

noun

Definition of up for English Language Learners

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

up

verb

Definition of up for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) higher


UP Defined for Kids

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up

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adverb \ˈəp\

Definition of up for Students

  1. 1 :  in or to a high or higher place or position She put her hand up.

  2. 2 :  in or into a vertical position Stand up.

  3. 3 :  from beneath a surface (as ground or water) Come up for air.

  4. 4 :  with greater force or to a greater level Speak up. Turn the heat up.

  5. 5 :  so as to make more active Stir up the fire.

  6. 6 :  so as to appear or be present The missing ring turned up.

  7. 7 :  completely Use it up.

  8. 8 :  so as to approach or be near He walked up and said “hello.”

  9. 9 :  from below the horizon The sun came up.

  10. 10 :  out of bed What time did you get up?

  11. 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. 12 :  for consideration or discussion I brought up the issue.

  13. 13 :  into the control of another I gave myself up.

  14. 14 —used to show completeness Fill up the gas tank.

  15. 15 :  so as to be closed Seal up the package.

  16. 16 :  in or into pieces The puppy tore it up.

  17. 17 :  to a stop Pull up at the curb.

  18. 18 :  into a working or usable state I set up the computer.


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up

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adjective

Definition of up for Students

  1. 1 :  risen above the horizon or ground The sun is up.

  2. 2 :  being out of bed

  3. 3 :  unusually high Gas prices are up.

  4. 4 :  having been raised or built The windows are up. The house is up.

  5. 5 :  moving or going upward an up elevator

  6. 6 :  being busy and moving about He likes to be up and doing things.

  7. 7 :  well prepared Are you up for this challenge?

  8. 8 :  happy or excited The team was up after their win.

  9. 9 :  going on Find out what's up.

  10. 10 :  at an end Time is up.

  11. 11 :  well informed I'm not up on the latest news.

  12. 12 :  functioning correctly The computer system is up.


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up

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preposition

Definition of up for Students

  1. 1 :  to, toward, or at a higher point of He climbed up a ladder.

  2. 2 :  to or toward the beginning of We paddled up a river.

  3. 3 :  1along 1 Let's walk up the street.

up to

  1. 1 :  as far as We found ourselves in mud up to our ankles.

  2. 2 :  in accordance with The game was not up to our standards.

  3. 3 :  to the limit of The car holds up to six people.


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up

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noun

Definition of up for Students

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


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up

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verb

Definition of up for Students

upped

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upping

  1. 1 :  to act suddenly or surprisingly The teenager upped and left home.

  2. 2 :  to make or become higher Coffee producers upped prices.



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