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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Harborplace has tremendous potential and hopefully will attract a new owner with a vision to restore and build upon the iconic Harborplace brand. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore leaders meet Harborplace receivership with disappointment but hope for better future," 5 June 2019 Those orders built upon a longstanding federal court ruling requiring the hospital admit defendants within seven days to avoid unconstitutionally long jail stays. oregonlive.com, "Judge holds Oregon in contempt, finding state violates mentally ill defendants’ rights," 4 June 2019 At one event in Iowa, Mr. Biden came upon a woman who refused to turn to face him. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Biden’s First Run for President Was a Calamity. Some Missteps Still Resonate.," 3 June 2019 Plastic straws will be available upon request for customers with disabilities, and gatherings like family reunions and birthday parties with fewer than 100 participants will be exempt, though encouraged to comply. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando bans single-use plastics and polystyrene at venues and parks, including Amway Center, Camping World Stadium and Dr. Phillips Center," 3 June 2019 Customers are told to budget up to four hours for their meal, which includes unguided tours of the kitchen, interactive theater from the chef and second helpings of certain dishes upon request. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "The Kitchen becomes Sacramento’s first and only Michelin-starred restaurant," 3 June 2019 At one point, the Queen came upon a particularly strange looking plant. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Looking Back at David Attenborough's Relationship with Queen Elizabeth and the Rest of the Royal Family," 4 Apr. 2019 Then one day, rooting around in the junkyard for spare parts, Charlie comes upon a little yellow VW Bug. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bumblebee is basically E.T., but with a Transformer. It’s delightful!," 18 Dec. 2018 The time has come upon us to open up our wallets, refresh deals sites, and get ready to shop all the best sales ahead of the holiday shopping season. Natt Garun, The Verge, "All the best tech deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018," 15 Nov. 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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