upright

adjective
up·​right | \ ˈəp-ˌrīt How to pronounce upright (audio) \

Definition of upright

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

upright

adverb

Definition of upright (Entry 2 of 3)

: vertically upward : in an upright position

upright

noun

Definition of upright (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from upright

Adjective

uprightly adverb
uprightness noun

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Adjective

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

Adjective

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.

Examples of upright in a Sentence

Adjective

Put your seat back in the upright position. The container should be kept upright to prevent leaks.

Noun

The uprights of the structure were embedded in concrete.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Single Leg Deadlift Standing upright, balance on the right foot. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "Tone and tighten your butt with this 31-day routine," 1 July 2019 While the upright position of a paddle board helps you see into the water, kayaks are available as an alternative. Bonnie Gross, sun-sentinel.com, "Boat tours explore underwater Biscayne National Park," 20 June 2019 His offensive line, thought to be a weakness before the game, kept him upright, and together the Tigers converted 10 of 15 third downs. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Clemson Routs Alabama to Win College Football’s National Championship," 8 Jan. 2019 Notice also that the virtual image is upright, just like the object. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of How a Mirror Creates a Virtual World," 22 May 2018 This child, who crawls around the house chasing a Yorkie named Bruce and proudly hauls himself upright against the couch, wasn’t expected to do any of this. Denise Grady, New York Times, "A Boy Who Had Spinal Surgery in the Womb Stands on His Own Two Feet," 24 June 2019 For some people, keeping their torso totally upright in a lunge keeps their back properly aligned; for others, a forward lean in the torso is what puts their backs in a safe position. Amy Marturana, SELF, "18 Lunge Variations That Will Work Your Butt From Every Angle," 5 Apr. 2019 Look to stake it upright against the leeward side of a shed or against a retaining wall. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Homeowner's Last-Minute Hurricane Prep Checklist," 25 Aug. 2017 Slide lids vertically alongside the stack, or stash them upright in a mail sorter. Good Housekeeping, "Rethink Your Food Storage," 10 Jan. 2011

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Then, the officer dragged him upright and punched him in the back, the claim said. nola.com, "After a 4-year-old took doll from store, video shows Phoenix police pulling gun on parents," 16 June 2019 Both the on and off ramps were closed until 7:53 a.m. while the truck was flipped back upright and towed away, Morrell said. Sabrina Schnur, BostonGlobe.com, "Trash truck rolls over on ramp to Route 1 in Saugus," 13 June 2019 When eating, do not stick your chopsticks upright in your bowl of rice, because this is the symbol of two burning joss sticks used for funerals. National Geographic, "See Hanoi like a Nat Geo Explorer," 26 Mar. 2019 Another image shows an International Harvester tractor still upright in the aircraft hangar. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Discover the Wreck of the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, Sunk in World War II," 12 Feb. 2019 The user sits upright in the tub for a deep soak (like a hot tub) and can watch TV or have a beverage while soaking. Ed Del Grande, The Seattle Times, "Explore the depths of comfort with a cube tub," 19 Feb. 2019 The move takes you from lying on the floor to standing upright, all while holding a kettlebell above your head. Amy Marturana, SELF, "How to Do a Turkish Get-up," 8 Feb. 2019 Suddenly, my guide sat bolt upright and pointed downstream. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 Adding a set of wheels to the bottom of your shoes, which could start and stop unpredictably, may make staying upright a challenge. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Forget VR treadmills—Google patents motorized, omnidirectional VR sneakers," 19 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Friday morning was the grand opening for the 12 pianos — grands, baby grands and uprights — scattered around the 55-acre garden. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Friday morning in San Francisco and the sound of pianos blossom," 12 July 2019 Officers found Tejeda smiling inside the ambulance, sitting upright on a gurney with her legs crossed, according to the report. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Woman who allegedly stabbed EMS in ambulance was questioned by police about airport threats," 11 July 2019 The two units, upright and leaning against each other, represent a most elementary form of construction. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Review: In ‘COLA 2019,’ the city of L.A. gives its artists a place to sound off," 18 June 2019 With almost no fuel to spare, the lander dropped, in slow motion, to kiss the surface upright, and the particles of moondust hung suspended in the sunlight until the gentle lunar gravity pulled them back to rest. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 Set box upright on newspaper sheet with the long cardboard flaps standing vertically. Kris Coronado, Washington Post, "With this cardboard version, you can invite family and friends to take a book, return a book.," 19 June 2019 Before any player suffers the first sprain, before any meaningful kick hits an upright, soak all this up. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "The end of the Bears' spring practices starts Chicago's summer of anticipation — is it September yet?," 14 June 2019 But, this barren and hostile landscape is one of the most important locations in the world for studying when and how early humans began walking upright, using tools and adapting to their changing environments. Erin Dimaggio, Smithsonian, "How Do Scientists Date Fossils?," 13 June 2019 The behemoth AC72s are about harnessing power while staying upright, a skill Ellison's Oracle team had mastered in 2010, when Oracle's 90-foot wing-sail trimaran trounced Bertarelli's traditional-sail catamaran. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013

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First Known Use of upright

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of upright was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for upright

upright

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of upright

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of upright (Entry 2 of 2)

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

upright

adjective
up·​right | \ ˈəp-ˌrīt How to pronounce upright (audio) \

Kids Definition of upright

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from upright

uprightly adverb

upright

adverb

Kids Definition of upright (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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