up·​on | \ ə-ˈpȯn How to pronounce upon (audio) , -ˈpän\

Definition of upon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on

upon

adverb
up·​on | \ ə-ˈpȯn How to pronounce upon (audio) , -ˈpän\

Definition of upon (Entry 2 of 2)

1 obsolete : on the surface : on it
2 obsolete : thereafter, thereon

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Synonyms for upon

Synonyms: Preposition

against, on

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Examples of upon in a Sentence

Preposition

He carefully placed the vase upon the table. They built their city upon a cliff overlooking the sea. She was seated upon a throne. an assault upon traditional values She was admitted to his office immediately upon her arrival. That kind of behavior is frowned upon.
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Once upon a time, the title of godmother or godfather was a quasi-religious position, used for the most part in Christian communities to signal that the person who took on the title was expected to act as spiritual guardian to the child. Marris Adikwu, Glamour, ""Will You Be My...Godparent?" How a Religious Rite of Passage Swept Social Media," 2 Apr. 2019 Birkenstock, price upon request, similar styles at birkenstock.com. ... WSJ, "6 Sturdy Sandals With Rugged Good Looks," 15 Mar. 2019 Once upon a time, there was a survival game called H1Z1. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Diablo rises from the dead on GOG, Dead or Alive's $93 season pass, Halo on PC?," 8 Mar. 2019 SkiService is one of the best, and will often bring the shop to your villa, upon request. Heidi Mitchell, Town & Country, "Skiing St. Moritz in Style," 1 Nov. 2018 Specifically, Twitter user @lipandbone took it upon themselves to personally email Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s staff, who replied with a correct time of birth. Jeanna Kadlec, Allure, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Birth Chart, Explained," 26 Mar. 2019 Decades later, in 1950, U.S. Congress agreed upon a resolution for the president to ask Americans to observe Memorial Day. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When Is Memorial Day? Here's What You Need to Know About the Observance," 1 Mar. 2019 Clouds are, in fact, the one factor that climate research centers around the world cannot agree upon when building models to predict a global rise in temperature. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Are We Really in Danger of the Clouds Disappearing? The New Study Explained.," 27 Feb. 2019 Even a standard king, at an already-generous 535 square feet, comes with special treatment: A bubble bath lit by candles is drawn at turndown upon request. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of upon

Preposition

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of upon was in the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of upon

formal
used to say that someone or something is very close or has arrived
used to emphasize something that is repeated many times
up·​on | \ ə-ˈpȯn How to pronounce upon (audio) , ə-ˈpän\

Kids Definition of upon

: on entry 1 I put the plate upon the table. … she was glad to be an ordinary person who would never be called upon for courage.— Lois Lowry, Number the Stars

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