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preposition up·on \ ə-ˈpȯn , -ˈpän \

Definition of upon

:on

Examples of upon in a Sentence

  1. He carefully placed the vase upon the table.

  2. They built their city upon a cliff overlooking the sea.

  3. She was seated upon a throne.

  4. an assault upon traditional values

  5. She was admitted to his office immediately upon her arrival.

  6. That kind of behavior is frowned upon.

First Known Use of upon

12th century

upon Synonyms

Synonyms
on, against
Related Words
alongside, next, next to; upside

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adverb up·on \ ə-ˈpȯn , -ˈpän \

Definition of upon

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

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First Known Use of upon

13th century


UPON Defined for English Language Learners

upon

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Definition of upon for English Language Learners

  • —used to say that someone or something is very close or has arrived

  • —used to emphasize something that is repeated many times


UPON Defined for Kids

upon

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preposition up·on \ ə-ˈpȯn , ə-ˈpän \

Definition of upon for Students

:1on
  • 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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