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 Most stick vacuums can be used in two configurations — upright and handheld. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 Unlike most cylindrical speakers, this one can be used in both upright and horizontal positions. Brad Moon, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The Pegasus is the most difficult inflatable KDF has in the parade because of the surface area with the wingspread and trying to keep her upright and straight. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 28 Apr. 2022 If one Edmontosaurus in a herd spots a tyrannosaur and honks in alarm, the whole herd stands upright and bolts, leaving the tyrannosaur to try to dine another day. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2022 For our Southwest region, the 2022 AGRS winners were: ‘Celestial Night,’ which was introduced in 2019, and is an upright and bushy medium-size floribunda, bred by Christian Bédard for Weeks Roses. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Dec. 2021 Yes, Nix has benefited from the steady improvement of Auburn’s veteran offensive line—which has, for the most part, kept him upright and well-protected in the pocket this season. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 5 Nov. 2021 Start training the tree by keeping the most upright and straight central shoot to become the tree trunk and remove the other. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 30 Oct. 2021 While the majority of individuals and organizations working in the end-of-life space are morally upright and deeply compassionate, there will always be those who seek to take advantage of people at their most vulnerable. David Kessler, Quartz, 25 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 The Endurance rested upright on the seafloor; the ship’s wheel was almost perfectly intact, and a pink-and-white sea anemone had fastened itself to the deck railing. Adam Iscoe, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2022 So far, those guys have paved the way for 3,246 yards on the ground and kept QB Young upright long enough to complete 66 percent of his throws. al, 1 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Keeping Tannehill upright has been a problem for Tennessee with a revolving door of injuries on its offensive line. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 2 Jan. 2022 Keeping Mayfield upright will be imperative, and having both of his starting offensive tackles back will be huge. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 27 Oct. 2021 Indianapolis caught a break a few minutes later in the fourth quarter when Prater's 41-yard field goal bounced off the right upright. David Brandt, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Dec. 2021 After watching Josh Allen absorb three sacks and eight other hits from the Steelers defense last week, Coach Sean McDermott will certainly adjust the protection to keep his franchise quarterback upright. New York Times, 16 Sep. 2021 Blackwell previously testified that people should be rolled onto their side or placed upright after they are restrained. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 1 Feb. 2022 Wright hit the left upright from 42 yards, but a false-start penalty on the Jaguars gave him another chance from 47. Mark Long, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Nov. 2021 Diego Guajardo missed two extra points (one blocked, one off the upright) and a go-ahead field goal from 37 yards away with 1:06 to play. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 3 Oct. 2021 As great as the Bills were on offense against the Patriots last weekend, including seven touchdowns on seven consecutive drives, kicker Tyler Bass saw two of his extra points get blocked and banked one in off the left upright. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 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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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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