uppercase

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adjective

up·​per·​case ˌə-pər-ˈkās How to pronounce uppercase (audio)

uppercase

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noun (1)

: capital letters

uppercase

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verb

uppercased; uppercasing

transitive verb

: to print or set in capital letters

upper case

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noun (2)

: a type case containing capitals and usually small capitals, fractions, symbols, and accents

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
It's also supposed to be lowercase, not uppercase, according to the Associated Press stylebook. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2022 And the company’s all-uppercase, 1990s-esque logo will give way to one including lower-case letters and a more modern-looking font, said Ms. Leyden Li. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, 19 July 2021 As part of the design, an uppercase block-A Alabama logo sits on the neck of the bottle with an elephant breaking through the void or counter in the letter. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 19 May 2021 Fortunately this typeface is only uppercase, so that simplifies a lot of things. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Apr. 2021 The Globe explained that the word has evolved from a description of a person's skin color to signify a race and culture, and deserves the uppercase treatment, much like Latinos get. David Bauder, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 June 2020 It's also supposed to be lowercase, not uppercase, according to the Associated Press. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2020 The company’s new corporate logo is its name in all uppercase letters. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2019 It's also supposed to be lowercase, not uppercase, according to the Associated Press stylebook. 3. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2018
Noun
Instead, use a long password with a combination of lowercase and uppercase letters as well as numbers and special characters, and always use unique passwords for each account. Al Ramich, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Experts at Boston University remind us that using a combination of alphabetical and numeric characters—with uppercase and lowercase mixed in with symbols—helps craft the complexity. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 17 May 2022 Dave looked at the cover and recognized his father’s neat handwriting in all uppercase. Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2022 The Perfect Polish set also comes with six sheets of uppercase and lowercase lettered nail stickers in the same serif font as the brand's logo. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 19 Nov. 2021 The clothing company Gap about a decade ago redesigned its logo only to revert back to its classic blue box and uppercase letters in less than a week. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, 7 Nov. 2021 Like, the uppercase T had a spike serif on the bottom and slab serifs on the top. Diana Budds, Curbed, 13 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, according to the checker, a 12-character string, with uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers, could take an attacker just three years to crack. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2021 Choose from four metals — 14k yellow gold or rose plated silver, sterling silver and 14k yellow gold — and customize either both or your right earring with up to ten uppercase letters for each hoop. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2020
Verb
Make sure your employees’ passwords follow best security practices, such as containing 10 characters or more, uppercase and lowercase letters and at least one number and special character. Akram Atallah, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022
Noun
This post is typed as a shouting tantrum (all upper case) and claims to be written by a man who called corporate headquarters in Charlotte where he was informed of this. Bill Hand, USA TODAY, 10 June 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

from the compositor's practice of keeping capital letters in the upper of a pair of type cases

First Known Use

Adjective

1738, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

circa 1916, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1949, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1683, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uppercase was in 1683

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Cite this Entry

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

Kids Definition

uppercase

adjective
up·​per·​case
ˌəp-ər-ˈkās
uppercase noun

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