Definitions for upʌp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

upʌp(adv.; prep.; adj.; n.; v.)upped, up•ping.

  1. (adv.)to, toward, or in a more elevated position.

  2. to or in an erect position:

    to stand up.

  3. out of bed:

    to get up.

  4. above the horizon:

    The moon came up.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. to or at any point that is considered higher.

  6. to or at a source, origin, center, or the like.

  7. to or at a higher point or degree, as of rank, size, value, or intensity:

    Prices went up. Speak up!

  8. to or at a point of equal advance, extent, etc.:

    to catch up in a race.

  9. in continuing contact, esp. as reflecting continuing awareness or knowledge:

    to keep up with the news.

  10. into or in activity, operation, etc.:

    to set up shop.

  11. into a state of emotional agitation:

    Don't get all worked up.

  12. into existence, view, prominence, or consideration:

    The lost papers turned up.

  13. into or in a place of safekeeping, storage, etc.:

    to put up preserves.

  14. into or in a state of union, contraction, etc.:

    to add up a column of figures.

  15. to the final point; to an end; entirely:

    to be used up.

  16. to a halt:

    The car pulled up.

  17. (used with a verb for additional emphasis):

    Wake your brother up.

  18. at bat in baseball.

    Category: Sport

  19. ahead; in a leading position in a competition.

  20. each; apiece:

    The score was 20 up.

  21. Informal. without ice; straight up.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  22. Naut. toward the wind:

    Put the helm up.

  23. (prep.)to, toward, or at a higher place on or in:

    to go up the stairs.

  24. to, toward, or at a higher station, condition, or rank on or in:

    being well up the social ladder.

  25. at or to a farther point or higher place on or in:

    The store is up the street.

  26. toward the source, origin, etc., of:

    to float up a stream.

  27. toward or in the interior of (a region, etc.).

  28. in a direction contrary to that of:

    to row up the current.

  29. (adj.)moving in or related to a direction that is up or is regarded as up:

    the up elevator.

  30. informed; familiar; aware (usu. fol. by on or in):

    I'm not up on current events.

  31. concluded; ended:

    Your time is up.

  32. going on or happening:

    What's up over there?

  33. having a high position or station:

    to be up in society.

  34. in an erect, vertical, or raised position:

    The tent is up.

  35. above the ground:

    The corn is up.

  36. (of heavenly bodies) risen above the horizon.

  37. awake or out of bed.

  38. mounted on horseback.

    Category: Sport

  39. (of water in natural bodies) high with relation to the banks or shore.

  40. built; constructed.

  41. facing upward.

  42. Category: Cooking

    Ref: sunnyside up.

  43. in a state of agitation.

  44. cheerful or optimistic; exuberant; upbeat.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  45. afoot or amiss:

    Her nervous manner told me that something was up.

  46. higher than formerly in amount, degree, etc.:

    The price of meat is up.

  47. in a state of enthusiastic or confident readiness (usu. fol. by for).

  48. being or due to be prosecuted:

    to be up for fraud.

    Category: Law

  49. in operation or ready for use; working:

    The theater's lights are up.

  50. ahead of an opponent in a competition:

    He's two sets up.

    Category: Sport

  51. considered or under consideration:

    a candidate up for reelection.

  52. wagered; bet.

  53. living or located inland or on elevated ground:

    They live two miles up from the coast.

  54. (n.)an upward movement; ascent.

  55. a time of good fortune, prosperity, etc.:

    the ups and downs in a career.

  56. Informal. a feeling or state of happiness or exuberance.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  57. Slang.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: upper2. 2

  58. an upward slope; elevation.

  59. an upward course or rise, as in price or value.

  60. (v.t.)to put or take up.

  61. to make larger; step up:

    to up output.

  62. to raise; go better than (a preceding wager).

  63. (v.i.)Informal. to start up; begin something abruptly (usu. fol. by and and another verb):

    Then he upped and ran away from home.

  64. (often used imperatively or hortatively) to stand or rise up:

    Up, men, and fight!

Idioms for up:

  1. on the up and up, worth believing; honest; trustworthy.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  2. up against, confronted with; faced with.

    Category: Idiom

  3. up and around or about, recovered from an illness; able to leave one's bed.

    Category: Idiom

  4. up and doing, busily engaged in activities.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  5. up for grabs,Informal. freely available to whoever can acquire it first.

    Category: Idiom

  6. up to, as far as: in fulfillment of: as many as; to the limit of: capable of; equal to: incumbent upon: engaged in; doing:

    I am up to the eighth lesson.

    I couldn't live up to their expectations.

    up to five persons.

    Is he up to the job?

    It's up to you to tell her.

    What have you been up to lately?

    Category: Idiom

Origin of up:

bef. 900; ME up(pe) (adv.), OE up(p) to a higher position, c. OFris up, ON upp; akin to OHG ūf, Go iup


  1. a combining form of up :

    upland; upshot; upheaval.

    Category: Affix

Origin of up-:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. up(adj)

    being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level

    "the anchor is up"; "the sun is up"; "he lay face up"; "he is up by a pawn"; "the market is up"; "the corn is up"

  2. astir(p), up(p)(adj)

    out of bed

    "are they astir yet?"; "up by seven each morning"

  3. improving, up(adj)

    getting higher or more vigorous

    "its an up market"; "an improving economy"

  4. up(a), upward(a)(adj)

    extending or moving toward a higher place

    "the up staircase"; "a general upward movement of fish"

  5. up(p)(adj)

    (usually followed by `on' or `for') in readiness

    "he was up on his homework"; "had to be up for the game"

  6. up(adj)


    "the windows are up"

  7. up(p)(adj)

    (used of computers) operating properly

    "how soon will the computers be up?"

  8. up(p)(verb)

    used up

    "time is up"

  9. up(adverb)


    "up the ante"

  10. up, upwards, upward, upwardly(adverb)

    spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position

    "look up!"; "the music surged up"; "the fragments flew upwards"; "prices soared upwards"; "upwardly mobile"

  11. up(adverb)

    to a higher intensity

    "he turned up the volume"

  12. up(adverb)

    nearer to the speaker

    "he walked up and grabbed my lapels"

  13. up(adverb)

    to a more central or a more northerly place

    "was transferred up to headquarters"; "up to Canada for a vacation"

  14. up, upwards, upward(adverb)

    to a later time

    "they moved the meeting date up"; "from childhood upward"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. up(adverb)ʌp

    ≠ down

    Look up there.; The bird flew up into the tree.; Fans were jumping up and down.

  2. upʌp

    ≠ down

    Prices are going up.; Turn the air conditioner up.

  3. upʌp

    to the place where sb or sth is

    He came up to me and asked me to dance.; A car drove up and parked.

  4. upʌp

    in or toward the north

    We're driving up to see my family.

  5. upʌp

    ≠ asleep

    Are you up?; Get up - it's late.

  6. upʌp

    into smaller pieces

    The satellite broke up in orbit.

  7. upʌp

    (of sth unusual or bad) happening

    What's up with her?; I knew when I saw them whispering that something was up.

  8. upʌp

    used to greet sb informally; = what's new?

    Hey man, what's up!

  9. upʌp

    in an upright position

    We were standing up the whole time.

  10. upʌp

    indicates sth is done completely

    We ate the rest of the pizza up.; Did you lock up?; The water froze up over night.

  11. upʌp

    in or into one place or group

    She picked the pieces up off the floor.

  12. upʌp

    at an end; = over

    You're time is up.; When the month was up, I felt I had learned a lot.

  13. upʌp

    not yet decided

    The plans for this weekend are still up in the air.

  14. upʌp

    used to say sb should make a particular decision

    "What should I build it from?" "That's up to you."

  15. upʌp

    doing sth secret, often sth bad

    What are you two up to?

  16. upʌp

    not more, farther, etc. than

    The car seats up to seven people.; They'll pay for up to half your expenses.; Stop when you get up to page 6.

  17. upʌp

    physically or mentally well enough to do sth

    I'm not sure I'm up to meeting a lot of new people.

  18. upʌp

    as good as

    The director's latest movie is not up to his usual standard.

  19. upʌp

    first one way, then the opposite way

    He was walking up and down in front of the door.

  20. upʌp

    sometimes good and sometimes bad

    an up and down year in our relationship

  21. upʌp

    interested and ready to do sth

    Is anybody up for a game of basketball.

  22. upʌp

    being considered for a particular action

    I'm up for promotion next year.; The building is up for sale.

  23. up(preposition)ʌp

    ≠ down

    She climbed up the ladder.; a little way up the hill

  24. upʌp

    farther along a road

    the family who lives up the street

  25. upʌp

    ≠ down

    We paddled up the river.

  26. upʌp

    first in one direction and then another

    The car drove slowly up and down the street.

  27. up(adjective)ʌp

    ≠ down

    Is the network back up?; The plant will be up and running by next month.

  28. upʌp

    ≠ down

    the up arrow; the up escalator

  29. up(noun)ʌp

    a mixture of good experiences and bad experiences

    the ups and downs of a marriage

  30. up(verb)ʌp

    to raise an amount

    Then he decided to up the price to $200.

  31. upʌp

    indicates sb does sth unexpected and annoying

    She said she'd help, but then she up and left.


  1. up(Noun)

    The direction opposed to the pull of gravity.

    Up is a good way to go.

  2. up(Noun)

    a positive thing.

    I hate almost everything about my job. The only up is that it's so close to home.

  3. up(Verb)

    To increase or raise.

    If we up the volume, we'll be able to make out the details.

  4. up(Verb)

    To promote.

    It wasnu2019t long before they upped him to Vice President.

  5. up(Verb)

    To act suddenly, usually with another verb.

  6. up(Adverb)

    Away from the centre of the Earth or other planet; in opposite direction to the downward pull of gravity.

  7. up(Adverb)

    Thoroughly, completely.

  8. up(Adverb)


    Iu2019m going up to New York to visit my family this weekend.

  9. up(Adverb)


    Turn the volume up.

  10. up(Adverb)

    Higher in pitch.

    Listen to your voice go up at the end of a question.

  11. up(Adverb)

    Traditional term for the direction leading to the principal terminus, towards milepost zero.

    The up express arrives in London at 08:41

  12. up(Adverb)

    A preposition indicating positive vertical direction.

  13. up(Adverb)

    Relatively close to the batsman.

    The bowler pitched the ball up.

  14. up(Adverb)

    Without the use of additional ice.

    Would you like that drink up or on ice?

  15. up(Adverb)

    Towards Cambridge or Oxford.

    She's going up to read Classics this September.

  16. up(Adjective)


    I canu2019t believe itu2019s 3 a.m. and youu2019re still up.

  17. up(Adjective)

    Finished, to an end

    Time is up!

  18. up(Adjective)

    In a good mood.

    Iu2019m feeling up today.

  19. up(Adjective)

    Willing; ready.

    If you are up for a trip, letu2019s go.

  20. up(Adjective)

    Next in a sequence.

    Smith is next up to bat.

  21. up(Adjective)

    Happening; new.

    What is up with that project at headquarters?

  22. up(Adjective)

    Facing upwards; facing toward the top.

  23. up(Adjective)


    Get up and give her your seat.

  24. up(Adjective)

    On a higher level.

  25. up(Adjective)

    Available; made public.

    The new notices are up as of last Tuesday.

  26. up(Adjective)

    Of a person, informed about; abreast of; current.

    Iu2019m not up on the latest news. Whatu2019s going on?

  27. up(Adjective)

    Functional; working.

    Is the server back up?

  28. up(Adjective)

    Traveling towards a major terminus.

    The London train is on the up line.

  29. up(Adjective)

    the up escalator, the escalator taking passengers upwards

  30. up(Adjective)

    Served chilled and strained into a stemmed glass.

    A Cosmopolitan is typically served up.

  31. up(Adjective)


  32. up(Adjective)

    in the sky (i.e. during daytime)

  33. up(Preposition)

    Toward the top of.

    The cat went up the tree.

  34. up(Preposition)

    Further along (in any direction).

    Go up the street until you see the sign.

  35. up(Preposition)

    Into or out of one's possession or consideration.

  36. Origin: From upp, from upp-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Up(adverb)

    aloft; on high; in a direction contrary to that of gravity; toward or in a higher place or position; above; -- the opposite of down

  2. Up(adverb)

    from a lower to a higher position, literally or figuratively; as, from a recumbent or sitting position; from the mouth, toward the source, of a river; from a dependent or inferior condition; from concealment; from younger age; from a quiet state, or the like; -- used with verbs of motion expressed or implied

  3. Up(adverb)

    in a higher place or position, literally or figuratively; in the state of having arisen; in an upright, or nearly upright, position; standing; mounted on a horse; in a condition of elevation, prominence, advance, proficiency, excitement, insurrection, or the like; -- used with verbs of rest, situation, condition, and the like; as, to be up on a hill; the lid of the box was up; prices are up

  4. Up(adverb)

    to or in a position of equal advance or equality; not short of, back of, less advanced than, away from, or the like; -- usually followed by to or with; as, to be up to the chin in water; to come up with one's companions; to come up with the enemy; to live up to engagements

  5. Up(adverb)

    to or in a state of completion; completely; wholly; quite; as, in the phrases to eat up; to drink up; to burn up; to sum up; etc.; to shut up the eyes or the mouth; to sew up a rent

  6. Up(adverb)

    aside, so as not to be in use; as, to lay up riches; put up your weapons

  7. Up

    from a lower to a higher place on, upon, or along; at a higher situation upon; at the top of

  8. Up

    from the coast towards the interior of, as a country; from the mouth towards the source of, as a stream; as, to journey up the country; to sail up the Hudson

  9. Up


  10. Up(noun)

    the state of being up or above; a state of elevation, prosperity, or the like; -- rarely occurring except in the phrase ups and downs

  11. Up(adj)

    inclining up; tending or going up; upward; as, an up look; an up grade; the up train

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. up

    1. Working, in order. “The down escalator is up.” Oppose down. 2. bring up: vt. To create a working version and start it. “They brought up a down system.” 3. come up vi. To become ready for production use.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'up' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #61

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'up' in Written Corpus Frequency: #61

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'up' in Adverbs Frequency: #2

Anagrams of up

  1. PU , P U

  2. P U

  3. PU

Translations for up

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to, or at, a higher or better position

Is the elevator going up?; The office is up on the top floor; She looked up at him; The price of coffee is up again.

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