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upright

adjective up·right \ ˈəp-ˌrīt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of upright

b : erect in carriage or posture
c : having the main axis or a main part perpendicular
  • upright freezer
2 : marked by strong moral rectitude
  • an upright citizen

uprightly

adverb

uprightness

noun

Examples of upright in a Sentence

  1. Put your seat back in the upright position.

  2. The container should be kept upright to prevent leaks.

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First Known Use of upright

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of upright

upright, honest, just, conscientious, scrupulous, honorable mean having or showing a strict regard for what is morally right. upright implies a strict adherence to moral principles.
    • a stern and upright minister
honest stresses adherence to such virtues as truthfulness, candor, or fairness.
    • known for being honest in business dealings
just stresses conscious choice and regular practice of what is right or equitable.
    • workers given just compensation
conscientious and scrupulous imply an active moral sense governing all one's actions and painstaking efforts to follow one's conscience.
    • conscientious in the completion of her assignments
    • scrupulous in carrying out the terms of the will
honorable suggests a firm holding to codes of right behavior and the guidance of a high sense of honor and duty.
    • a difficult but honorable decision

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upright

adverb

Definition of upright

: vertically upward : in an upright position

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First Known Use of upright

12th century


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upright

noun

Definition of upright

1 : the state of being upright : perpendicular
  • a pillar out of upright
2 : something that stands upright; especially : a football goalpost usually used in plural

Examples of upright in a Sentence

  1. The uprights of the structure were embedded in concrete.

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First Known Use of upright

1683



UPRIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

upright

adjective

Definition of upright for English Language Learners

  • : positioned to be straight up

  • —used to describe something that is tall rather than wide

  • : always behaving in an honest way : having high moral standards


upright

noun

Definition of upright for English Language Learners

  • : a board or pole placed in a vertical position to support something


UPRIGHT Defined for Kids

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upright

adjective up·right \ ˈəp-ˌrīt \

Definition of upright for Students

1 : 1vertical
  • an upright post
2 : straight in posture
3 : having or showing high moral standards

uprightly

adverb

Synonym Discussion of upright

upright, honest, and just mean having or showing a great concern for what is right. upright means having high moral standards in all areas of life.
    • She's an upright person and an example to us all.
honest means dealing with others in a fair and truthful way.
    • He is an honest merchant who wouldn't cheat anyone.
just is used when a person's fairness comes from both conscious choice and habit.
    • The principal is just to all students.

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upright

adverb

Definition of upright for Students

: in or into a vertical position
  • … careful to keep it upright, he held a wooden object above their heads.
  • —Mary Norton, The Borrowers


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