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 Our favorite upright vacuum by the company, the Dyson Ball Animal 2, is currently seeing a markdown from $599.99 to $499.99, saving you $100. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "You can save up to $100 on a Dyson vacuum right now at Bed Bath & Beyond," 13 Apr. 2021 An upright vacuum is better for bigger cleaning areas. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, "The best affordable vacuums under $100 of 2021," 8 Apr. 2021 Our take: This is an affordable, do-it-all upright vacuum that has a suction control to allow for better cleaning of hard surfaces. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "The best vacuum for concrete floors," 1 Apr. 2021 It’s one of those nagging problems in physics, deceptively simple, like working out the forces that keep a bike upright. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Coinbase Makes Its Debut—and Bitcoin Arrives on Wall Street," 14 Apr. 2021 Dyson's upright vacuums are ideal for cleaning large rooms because of their generous capacities. Simon Books, chicagotribune.com, "Dyson vs. Hoover vacuums: Which should you get?," 10 Apr. 2021 Buoys keep the strings upright, while a remotely operated submersible anchors them and connects them into power and communication networks. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Neutrino hunters go underwater in quest to trap ghost particles," 31 Mar. 2021 When using a steamer on clothes, put the item on a hanger and keep the steamer upright. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "6 best clothes steamers and garment steamers of 2021," 25 Mar. 2021 As he was wheeled off the court, Smith was sitting upright and appeared to be talking to a man walking beside him. Jill Martin, CNN, "Official collapses at NCAA men's tournament game between Gonzaga and USC," 30 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb More impressive than landing rocket boosters upright on a ship in the ocean. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Elon Musk Is Maybe, Actually, Strangely, Going to Do This Mars Thing," 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, "Best Smart Home Devices of 2021," 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, "See adorable photo of 'Jeopardy!' guest host Anderson Cooper's son watching him on TV for the first time," 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, "Joey Logano goes airborne and flips upside down in wild NASCAR wreck at Talladega," 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, "$200,000 streaming rigs and millions of views: inside the cottage industry popping up around SpaceX," 9 Apr. 2021 Thibodeaux and Mase Funa both mixed playing with their hands down and upright on the edge. oregonlive, "Kayvon Thibodeaux gives new Oregon Ducks defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter flexibility on the edge," 31 Mar. 2021 South and Central America sightings describe the chupacabra as a goblinlike humanoid that walks upright on two legs, while sightings in Mexico and the US describe the chupacabra as a canine or doglike creature that walks on all fours. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "The chupacabra lives on in San Antonio's Latino lore, like our Bigfoot or Loch Ness Monster," 24 Feb. 2021 The prosthetic exoskeleton sits bolt upright in a chair, looking as if a robot has stood up, walked away and left part of itself behind. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Robot Exoskeletons March in to Link Mind and Body," 13 Oct. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In fact, a lightweight stick vac or small upright can be dedicated for use on tile flooring only. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best vacuum for tile floors," 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, "With core stage arrival to KSC this week, when will Artemis I be ready to launch?," 27 Apr. 2021 To make spears or wedges, keep the fruit standing upright and slice the pineapple in half from top to bottom. Remove the core. Lizzy Briskin, chicagotribune.com, "The easiest way to cut a pineapple," 17 Apr. 2021 Dear Heloise: The special roasting pans for chicken that hold the chicken upright are a bit expensive. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: A curious use for a Bundt pan," 14 Apr. 2021 Along with active room compensation, the sound stage is optimized for position, either upright on a floor or shelf surface, or lying flat on a table or counter. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Review: Here’s Why B&O’s Beosound Level Wireless Speaker Is Flat-Out Phenomenal," 25 Mar. 2021 Alabama hasn’t missed a field goal since Joseph Bulovas hit the upright from 30 yards out in the fourth quarter of last year’s Iron Bowl. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Saban calls Alabama kicking ‘a weapon’ with the accuracy ‘very comforting’," 25 Oct. 2020 Zuerlein’s point-after attempt hit the right upright. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "The Cowboys' special teams were supposed to improve. They regressed in a mistake-filled loss at Seattle.," 27 Sep. 2020 The miss hit the right upright, but Parkey was trying to make a 48-yard PAT after Cleveland got an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty on its second touchdown. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Auburn NFL roundup: Darius Slayton gets back in Giants’ game plan," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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10 May 2021

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