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

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 The French version is woodier and upright with grayish leaves. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: More herbs that work in San Antonio gardens and when to plant them: lemongrass, chives, tarragon and thyme," 2 July 2020 Puree berries with a hand blender or in an upright blender until smooth. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Socializing on the Fourth of July? What event pros know to make your party safer," 30 June 2020 The truck's exterior design is also new, but retains the F-150's trademark squarish upright stature. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Ford's powerful new F-150 offers fully reclining seats, a bottle opener, and a hybrid option," 25 June 2020 In 2017, Ermalee Hickel died and was also buried upright alongside her husband. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "From Wally Hickel to Miss Wiggles, the storied history of Anchorage’s first cemetery," 22 June 2020 Its slim, upright design also fits perfectly next to your cat’s litter box. Popular Science, "Gadgets that make pet owners’ lives easier," 19 June 2020 Body camera video released by police showed the officers chasing Williams, holding him on the ground, handcuffed, and kneeling on his back before lifting him upright and dragging him away. Anita Hassan, NBC News, "When Byron Williams died saying 'I can't breathe,' few protested. Now his family is fighting for justice.," 18 June 2020 These upright swimming fish are found in shallow tropical waters around the world. Bridget E. Hamilton, National Geographic, "Amazing animal dads," 16 June 2020 There appear to be heat dissipation vents on the top of the consoles as well, so an upright stance may be preferred. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "This Is the PlayStation 5. Both of Them," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb To do this, find a medium-size piece of kindling and stand it upright on a tree root or even a picnic table. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Timeless Camping Skills," 5 June 2020 Once your sweetie can sit upright unassisted, the Joovy Spoon Walker will eliminate your need for a separate high chair. Popular Science, "Baby walkers to help your little one start cruising," 30 Apr. 2020 Solution: Sit upright on the couch with pillows behind your back, or sit sideways on the couch with your back against the armrest and your legs straight out in front of you. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "How to combat poor at-home work posture," 22 Apr. 2020 The couple had talked to the girl in the bathroom for about five minutes, Grosklos told police, and she had been seated upright the entire time. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Court documents: 8-year-old Cumberland girl was beaten with jumper cables before she died," 15 Apr. 2020 The table exhibits how tensile strength is applied and has the ability to keep structures upright. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Wiggly Table Looks Like Magic, But It's Just Some Clever Engineering," 29 Mar. 2020 Opie swatted at the glass, while Karma sat upright, a vigilant sentry. New York Times, "Does Your Pet Really Need Cat TV or a Dog Playlist?," 2 Feb. 2020 The plane landed upright about a mile from the airport. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Report: Airplane lost power in both engines before crash near Deer Valley Airport," 10 Jan. 2020 The freshest ones will immediately sink on their sides, while slightly older ones will tilt or even sit upright at the bottom of the bowl. Jo Keohane, Saveur, "How to Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs," 20 Jan. 2011 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the last three years, Kelly and Fiumefreddo, with the help of their children and many friends and neighbors, have worked to keep their 1843 barn upright and a user-friendly space. Samantha Hendrickson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ottawa family restores 1843 farm to host events, keep Wisconsin history alive," 11 June 2020 This happened with the rocket standing upright, out on the launch pad. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Forget Dragon, the Falcon 9 rocket is the secret sauce of SpaceX’s success," 3 June 2020 His mother, Katherine, was sitting upright in the passenger seat. Amelia Pak-harvey, Indianapolis Star, "'He basically delivered himself': Greenfield mom gives birth at Pilot gas station," 28 Mar. 2020 At one point, while running back to the huddle, Odell Beckham Jr. leapfrogged Denzel Ward, who was standing upright at the time. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Browns training camp offensive report: Dontrell Hilliard shows off his versatility," 28 July 2019 There’s a black upright bar piano next to it where Katsarelas or guests can play. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Restored after vandals stripped it, $1.35M Bloomfield Twp. home has views of 2 lakes," 4 Apr. 2020 As the sun rose, close-up views showed the large white and black capsule upright with hardly any scorch marks from re-entry. Marcia Dunn, SFChronicle.com, "Boeing capsule returns after aborted space mission," 22 Dec. 2019 The Blazer left the road, overturned and came to a stop upright. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas man dies after SUV flips on county road, state police say," 5 Dec. 2019 Insert a wooden skewer upright into the hole to form a mast for your car's sail. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Build a Wind-Powered Car," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Jul 2020

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“Upright.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upright. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for upright

upright

adjective
How to pronounce upright (audio)

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

Choose the Right Synonym for upright

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.

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