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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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

View this post on Instagram When the sky falls down upon them. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Did Daenerys Burn King's Landing in 'Game of Thrones'?," 13 May 2019 Gowns from the brand are available through the brand's store The Curated, and upon request at Kleinfeld Bridal; custom orders are available directly through the Christian Siriano team. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Bridal Salons to Custom Gowns, Here's Where Size Inclusivity Stands in the Bridal Industry," 19 Apr. 2019 Relationships with your siblings or best friends are necessary to depend upon at this emotionally energetic time. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Virgo Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Each asked to see the archives immediately upon arrival. Alexandra Marshall, WSJ, "Exclusive: Step Inside YSL’s New Parisian Headquarters," 15 Feb. 2019 He was detained at the request of Bahrain relayed through Interpol upon his arrival in Bangkok in November while on a honeymoon with his wife. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia," 12 Feb. 2019 An abnormal Pap smear indicates changes in the cervical cells usually caused by HPV, and depending upon what type of abnormal cells your doctor finds, you may be tested to confirm HPV was the cause. 2. Amy Marturana, SELF, "5 STDs You Can Have Without Knowing It," 28 Dec. 2018 Border Patrol takes immediate action and radios for an EMT to meet them upon arrival at the Lordsburg Station. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Migrant girl dies in Border Patrol’s custody," 15 Dec. 2018 Students should be able to express themselves without being over sexualized and looked down upon because prom is a night of self-expression. Teen Vogue, "Suit Up This Prom Season With These 12 Options," 4 Apr. 2019

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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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