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 Use just a small amount and stay upright for a while before going to bed. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 21 May 2021 Those still on the ride are secured in an upright position, Filicko said in a statement. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, 29 May 2021 The camera is then shaky, but Smith appears to remain upright, and continues, along with other officers on foot, after the SUV. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, 21 May 2021 Generally, users have to park the scooters in an upright position, without blocking pedestrian traffic. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Apr. 2021 The design’s upright sides and tailgate augment cargo and kid space. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 17 Apr. 2021 The design’s upright sides and tailgate augment cargo and kid space. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2021 The speaker is meant to be used in an upright position. Brad Moon, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 An English saddle also helps the rider assume a more upright position, so the rider's legs rest close to the horse. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Rogie Vachon, in one wild goalmouth scramble in the Bruins’ net, finally was able to get back upright on skates just when the puck zipped by him for a goal. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 When Blue Origin launched a rocket and then landed it upright back on the ground in a historic first, Musk praised Bezos, but pointed out that Blue Origin had only grazed the edge of space, and did not enter orbit. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 28 Apr. 2021 More impressive than landing rocket boosters upright on a ship in the ocean. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 6 May 2021 Instead of clipping to the side of the pot, its magnetic bottom holds it upright in the pot. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 3 May 2021 In a photo posted by Cooper, the adorable infant is shown sitting upright on a bed, holding a toy while his eyes were glued to the screen as his father opened the show. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2021 Joey Logano went for a wild and scary ride Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway when he was involved in a wreck, flipped upside down and slid down the track before popping back upright. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2021 Unofficial livestreams of the SN10 prototype launch, which saw the vehicle soar about six miles high before landing upright on a nearby ground pad, wound up being key. Tamir Kalifa For Cnn, CNN, 9 Apr. 2021 Thibodeaux and Mase Funa both mixed playing with their hands down and upright on the edge. oregonlive, 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Place the apple upright on a cutting board and slice off a thick chunk. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 The prototype before that, SN10, landed upright in March but independent footage of the event showed the vehicle exploded about three minutes later. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 5 May 2021 The vehicle overturned twice, coming to a final rest upright, troopers said. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, 12 Apr. 2021 Marcus Lyon heard the first gunshot and bolted upright on the massage table. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2021 The football hit the left upright, fell onto the crossbar and bounced into the end zone. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 13 May 2021 Dame deserves credit for keeping Portland upright, but McCollum has missed just six more games than Kristaps Porzingis, who’s in and out more than your 8-year-old. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 15 Apr. 2021 In fact, a lightweight stick vac or small upright can be dedicated for use on tile flooring only. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, 26 Mar. 2021 As for the traditional upright stacking, the placement alongside the boosters is in essence the same that was done during the Space Shuttle Program. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Apr. 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Upright.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upright. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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

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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