Definitions for uponəˈpɒn, əˈpɔn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

up•onəˈpɒn, əˈpɔn(prep.)

  1. up and on; upward so as to get or be on.

  2. in an elevated position on:

    a flag upon the roof.

  3. in or into complete or approximate contact with:

    The enemy was upon us. The holidays will soon be upon us.

  4. on the occasion of, at the time of, or immediately after:

    She was joyful upon seeing her child take his first steps.

  5. on (in any of various senses, used as an equivalent of on with no added idea of ascent or elevation, and preferred in certain cases only for euphonic or metrical reasons).

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Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. upon(preposition)əˈpɒn, əˈpɔn


    a story based upon an old Greek tale; Leaders called upon the two sides to make peace.


  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.

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

Translations for upon

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary



He sat upon the floor; Please place it upon the table; Upon arrival, they went in search of a hotel.

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