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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

up•rightˈʌpˌraɪt, ʌpˈraɪt(adj.)

  1. erect or vertical, as in position or posture.

  2. raised or directed vertically or upward.

  3. adhering to rectitude; righteous, honest, or just.

  4. being in accord with what is right.

  5. (n.)the state of being upright or vertical.

  6. something standing erect or vertical, as a piece of timber.

  7. Usu., uprights. goalposts.

    Category: Sport

  8. an upright piano.

    Category: Music and Dance

  9. (adv.)in an upright position or direction.

  10. (v.t.)to make upright.

Origin of upright:

bef. 900


Princeton's WordNet

  1. upright, vertical(noun)

    a vertical structural member as a post or stake

    "the ball sailed between the uprights"

  2. upright, upright piano(adj)

    a piano with a vertical sounding board

  3. upright, unsloped(adj)

    in a vertical position; not sloping

    "an upright post"

  4. good, just, upright(adj)

    of moral excellence

    "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"

  5. erect, vertical, upright(adj)

    upright in position or posture

    "an erect stature"; "erect flower stalks"; "for a dog, an erect tail indicates aggression"; "a column still vertical amid the ruins"; "he sat bolt upright"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. upright(adjective)ˈʌpˌraɪt, ʌpˈraɪt

    in a straight position, not bent or lying down

    He sat upright on the couch.; She stood the broom upright again.

  2. upright(adjective)ˈʌpˌraɪt, ʌpˈraɪt

    straight up, not bent or lying down

    an upright chair; in an upright position

  3. uprightˈʌpˌraɪt, ʌpˈraɪt

    morally good and honest

    an upright citizen


  1. upright(Noun)

    Any vertical part of a structure, especially one of the goal posts in sports.

  2. upright(Noun)

    A word clued by the successive initial, middle, or final letters of the cross-lights in a double acrostic or triple acrostic.

  3. upright(Noun)

    An upright piano.

  4. upright(Adverb)

    in or into an upright position

  5. upright(Adjective)

    Vertical; erect.

    I was standing upright, waiting for my orders.

  6. upright(Adjective)

    Greater in height than breadth.

  7. upright(Adjective)

    Of good morals; practicing ethical values.

  8. Origin: From upriht, from up + riht

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upright(adj)

    in an erect position or posture; perpendicular; vertical, or nearly vertical; pointing upward; as, an upright tree

  2. Upright(adj)

    morally erect; having rectitude; honest; just; as, a man upright in all his ways

  3. Upright(adj)

    conformable to moral rectitude

  4. Upright(adj)

    stretched out face upward; flat on the back

  5. Upright(noun)

    something standing upright, as a piece of timber in a building. See Illust. of Frame

Translations for upright

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(also adverb) standing straight up; erect or vertical

He placed the books upright in the bookcase; She stood upright; a row of upright posts.

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