What does upon mean?

Definitions for uponəˈpɒn, əˈpɔn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word upon.


  1. upon(Adverb)

    Being the target of an action.

    He was set upon by the agitated dogs

  2. upon(Adverb)

    Incidental to a specified point in time or order of action; usually combined with here-, there- or where-.

    The clock struck noon, whereupon the students proceeded to lunch.

  3. upon(Preposition)

    Being above and in contact with another.

    Place the book upon the table.

  4. upon(Preposition)

    Being directly supported by another.

  5. upon(Preposition)

    At a prescribed point in time.

    The contract was rendered void upon his death.

  6. Origin: From upon, uppon, uppen, from upon, uppon, uppan, equivalent to . Cognate with up á, upp á, på.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upon

    on; -- used in all the senses of that word, with which it is interchangeable


  1. Upon

    Used to indicate that an event is to immediately follow another event.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Upon

    up-on′, prep. on, in an elevated position.—adv. on.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'upon' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #365

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'upon' in Written Corpus Frequency: #954


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of upon in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of upon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ernest Moniz:

    This is not built upon trust, this is built upon hard-nosed requirements.

  2. Adam Aja:

    Among other things, we hope to add details regarding the health of individuals based upon our study of the bone, and population parallels based upon DNA evidence, but it is still too early to say much about these things.

  3. Janice Bellucci:

    This is a solution without a problem, (The corrections department's) sign requirement is based upon myth, not facts. The facts are there are no reports in California of a sexual assault upon a child who goes trick or treating.

  4. Learned Hand:

    I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it...

  5. Daniel Webster:

    If we work upon marble, it will perish if we work upon brass, time will efface it if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.

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