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



Definition of upright (Entry 2 of 3)

: vertically upward : in an upright position



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

Other Words from upright


uprightly adverb
uprightness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for upright


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Its role is clear: Keep the scoop upright, don’t leak and don’t upstage the main player, the ice cream. New York Times, 26 May 2022 The Chevrolet Bolt spawned a slightly larger variant for 2022 called the EUV, which does its best to cosplay as an SUV with more upright, boxier styling. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 1 June 2022 Capital Gate is also kept upright by 490 piles which are drilled over 30 meters deep. Alice Mccool, CNN, 31 May 2022 Maintaining an upright torso, bend your knees to lower your butt towards the floor until your thighs are at least parallel with the floor. Greg Presto, Men's Health, 26 May 2022 But these bodily features do not completely explain their remarkable ability to twist and turn to slowly change direction, control their speed and maintain an upright posture. New York Times, 26 May 2022 The side grips can be positioned closer to center for a more secure hold, while the upright bar can be set at an angle for kayaks of two different sizes. Talon Homer, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 Think upright, stick, and robot vacuums starting at just $80. Sanah Faroke, PEOPLE.com, 15 May 2022 But it’s the giant upright panels that offer the freshest angle on Michelangelo. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Indeed, on the sprawling campus of the Diablo Canyon plant are 58 concrete and steel casks housing nuclear waste, standing upright alongside one another like bowling pins. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 24 May 2022 Indeed, on the sprawling campus of the Diablo Canyon plant are 58 concrete and steel casks housing nuclear waste, standing upright alongside one another like bowling pins. Evan Halper, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2022 Core stability and neck strength Sit upright on a stability ball while maintaining a neutral spine and a big chest. Outside Online, 21 May 2015 To get started, firmly grip the handle and position the back corner of the blade (the heel) upright along the inside edge of the can's rim. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 20 Apr. 2022 Several headstones were damaged, but the Department of Public Works was able to get all of them back upright, in their original spots. CBS News, 18 Apr. 2022 Less than 10 minutes after liftoff, the booster's reusable first stage successfully landed upright on the deck of a drone ship parked off the coast of Florida. NBC News, 8 Apr. 2022 A long night Deckhand Dan Jacobson catnapped while sitting upright on a bench by the galley table. Anchorage Daily News, 4 Apr. 2022 That hasn’t stopped Mr. Stemkowski, a digital marketing manager in New York, from shouting it to his Japanese friends while raising his hands upright like the main character Goku does in the show. Stephanie Lai, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many full-size canister vacuums come with a power nozzle that has rotating brush to mimic that of an upright. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 14 June 2022 After Adrian scores a touchdown, the extra point flies through the upright and is snagged on the fly by a marching band member drawing a loud cheer. Freep.com, 10 June 2022 Your move: ditch the bench, swap your dumbbells for resistance bands or the cable machine, and perform the chest fly in an upright (kneeling or standing staggered stance) position. Men's Health, 6 June 2022 The seating comfort is quite good, the posture upright. Dan Neil, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Morgan, who was seated in first class, refused to wear a seat belt and would not comply with crew members' requests to put his seat upright, the complaint says. NBC News, 27 Apr. 2022 Another flight attendant had to push the button to bring Morgan's seat upright for him, the complaint said. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 26 Apr. 2022 In China, trying to stand an egg upright is a popular game during the spring equinox, according to VisitBeijing.com. Forrest Brown, CNN, 19 Mar. 2022 Peasants are using scythes to cut down the tall wheat, which is then raked into piles, bundled into sheaves and tied upright into tepee-like structures. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of upright


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


12th century, in the meaning defined above


1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for upright


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



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


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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