upon

1 of 2

preposition

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

upon

2 of 2

adverb

up·​on ə-ˈpȯn How to pronounce upon (audio)
-ˈpän
1
obsolete : on the surface : on it
2
obsolete : thereafter, thereon

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Preposition
The government built an enormous cushion of foreign reserves that could be drawn upon to prop up the value of the ruble. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 24 Oct. 2022 But when looked upon to create scoring opportunities for himself, Wagner consistently delivered in a variety of ways — pick-and-roll as the ballhandler, in isolation as a driver and pull-up 3s, to name a few. Khobi Price, Orlando Sentinel, 10 Sep. 2022 The song is a thorough defense of the put-upon wives left home as their husbands go out cavorting, a subject Lynn was very familiar with. Gwen Ihnat, EW.com, 4 Nov. 2022 Next to Laurie Strode, tough and whip-smart Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is probably the most put-upon heroine in horror. Katie Rife, EW.com, 19 Oct. 2022 Kevin Smith’s super-low-budget debut gives viewers an extremely profane day in the life of a put-upon convenience store clerk, his co-workers and his customers. al, 28 July 2022 Pete Antonacci, a former deputy attorney general for former Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles whom other governors called upon to fix serious problems in their administration, died of a heart attack while at work early Friday afternoon. Jeffrey Schweers, Orlando Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2022 Called upon to mop up in a 9-2 deficit in the ninth inning, Phillips raced off the mound for a popup and made a sliding catch up against the Athletics dugout. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2022 But the others need to be just as capable when called upon to keep things from being top-heavy. Stephen Means, cleveland, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Preposition

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

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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Cite this Entry

“Upon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upon. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

upon

preposition
up·​on
ə-ˈpȯn,
-ˈpän,
-(ˌ)pən

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