Definitions for up-

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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

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