upright

adjective
up·​right | \ ˈəp-ˌrīt \

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

Once dry, stand pairs upright, directly on display surface, in dabs of royal icing and attach together with brown royal icing. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Barn," 19 Nov. 2018 Netgear developed this new design style as a way to make sure its routers’ antennas remain upright. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Netgear’s first Wi-Fi 6 routers look like sci-fi spaceships," 7 Nov. 2018 The agency said at the time that companies should provide more buoyancy, such as watertight compartments, to ensure boats remained upright and afloat in the event of flooding, according to the lawsuit. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Family of Duck Boat Victims Sues Tour Operator," 30 July 2018 Tomato plants are floppy by nature, so don't fault your gardening skills if your stems won't stand upright. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "The 4 Best Ways to Support Your Tomato Plants," 19 July 2018 But several protesters remained upright — one man pointed directly at Sealy, shouting warnings that the man was armed. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Man arrested after shouting ‘womp, womp’ and pulling a gun on immigration protesters," 1 July 2018 But several protesters remained upright — one man pointed directly at Sealy, shouting warnings that the man was armed. Avi Selk, chicagotribune.com, "Man arrested after shouting 'womp, womp' and pulling a gun on immigration protesters," 1 July 2018 But several protesters remained upright - one man pointed directly at Sealy, shouting warnings that the man was armed. Avi Selk, BostonGlobe.com, "Man arrested after shouting ‘womp, womp’ and pulling a gun on immigration protesters," 1 July 2018 Once dry, stand upright, directly on display surface, in dabs of royal icing. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Barn," 19 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 Cages Cylindrical or square wire cages keep tomatoes upright without the need for tying the stems. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "The 4 Best Ways to Support Your Tomato Plants," 19 July 2018 Like most vertical rockets, the New Shepard is designed to take off upright from a launchpad at Blue Origin’s facilities in West Texas. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Blue Origin will push its rocket ‘to its limits’ with high-altitude emergency abort test today," 18 July 2018 Finally—finally—the Colts decided to truly invest in an offensive line that can keep Andrew Luck upright. Tim Rohan, SI.com, "AFC South Offseason Report Cards: Jaguars Get Stronger, Titans Get Defensive, Texans Need Health and Colts Need Luck," 12 June 2018 The toe bones in children are curved while adults are not, meaning kids could walk upright but also gripped either trees or their mothers, researchers found. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Ape-like toddlers climbed trees 3.3 million years ago, fossil suggests," 5 July 2018 Line the steamer insert with a layer of husks, then arrange tamales upright in the steamer, open sides up. Amanda Garrity, Woman's Day, "Strawberry Tamales," 11 June 2018 Sometimes Mars sits bolt upright, with no seasons to mention. The Economist, "Empty sky, empty Earth?," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even during mid-corner panic stops on wet cobblestones, the system will keep a rider upright. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "The Ducati Scrambler Icon Bike Just Got a Little Sweeter To Ride," 25 Sep. 2018 Invert to slip out pudding, then set upright on a plate. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Savory Bread Pudding," 16 Aug. 2018 Photos from the scene showed the plane upright, but on its belly. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Deadly California plane crash caught on video, 29-year-old victim identified," 6 Aug. 2018 Dattner says the sanded redwood uprights are better to look at and to touch than steel, and the design varies the spacing of the rungs so that small children can more easily climb below, but only as far as safety allows. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 The kick sailed through the uprights, and the Rams players poured onto the field in celebration as an eerily silent crowd looked on with grief and anger. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Rams Rally to Claim Super Bowl Spot," 20 Jan. 2019 On Sunday, Parkey’s 43-yard attempt in the closing seconds hit halfway up the upright and ricocheted off the crossbar before harmlessly falling to the ground. Andrew Seligman, The Seattle Times, "Bears come to grips with cruel end to breakthrough season," 7 Jan. 2019 Blessed be the person who can fall asleep sitting upright while wrapped in a flimsy layer of polyester blanket that only covers approximately 1/3rd of the length of their legs. Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Travel Kits that Will Actually Help You Sleep on a Plane," 22 Mar. 2018 Parachutes deploy to gently land the capsule, while the rocket reignites its engine to land upright on the ground. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Blue Origin will push its rocket ‘to its limits’ with high-altitude emergency abort test today," 18 July 2018

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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 \

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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