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up·​on ə-ˈpȯn How to pronounce upon (audio)
: on


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up·​on ə-ˈpȯn How to pronounce upon (audio)
obsolete : on the surface : on it
obsolete : thereafter, thereon

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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Fingers were crossed and wood knocked upon in all corners of the organization. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 19 Apr. 2024 But many of the student activists had not anticipated being arrested; they were shocked when set upon by police aggressively seeking to clear an area or simply to forbid public demonstration. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for upon 

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Word History

First Known Use


12th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Upon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upon. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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