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Princeton's WordNet

  1. upadjective

    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)adjective

    out of bed

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

  3. improving, upadjective

    getting higher or more vigorous

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

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

    extending or moving toward a higher place

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

  5. up(p)adjective

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

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

  6. upadjective


    "the windows are up"

  7. up(p)adjective

    (used of computers) operating properly

    "how soon will the computers be up?"

  8. up(p)verb

    used up

    "time is up"

  9. upadverb


    "up the ante"

  10. up, upwards, upward, upwardlyadverb

    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. upadverb

    to a higher intensity

    "he turned up the volume"

  12. upadverb

    nearer to the speaker

    "he walked up and grabbed my lapels"

  13. upadverb

    to a more central or a more northerly place

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

  14. up, upwards, upwardadverb

    to a later time

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


  1. upnoun

    The direction opposed to the pull of gravity.

    Up is a good way to go.

  2. upnoun

    a positive thing.

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

  3. upverb

    To increase or raise.

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

  4. upverb

    To promote.

    It wasn't long before they upped him to Vice President.

  5. upverb

    To act suddenly, usually with another verb.

  6. upadverb

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

  7. upadverb

    Thoroughly, completely.

  8. upadverb


    I'm going up to New York to visit my family this weekend.

  9. upadverb


    Turn the volume up.

  10. upadverb

    Higher in pitch.

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

  11. upadverb

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

    The up express arrives in London at 08:41

  12. upadverb

    A preposition indicating positive vertical direction.

  13. upadverb

    Relatively close to the batsman.

    The bowler pitched the ball up.

  14. upadverb

    Without the use of additional ice.

    Would you like that drink up or on ice?

  15. upadverb

    Towards Cambridge or Oxford.

    She's going up to read Classics this September.

  16. upadjective


    I can't believe it's 3 a.m. and you're still up.

  17. upadjective

    Finished, to an end

    Time is up!

  18. upadjective

    In a good mood.

    I'm feeling up today.

  19. upadjective

    Willing; ready.

    If you are up for a trip, let's go.

  20. upadjective

    Next in a sequence.

    Smith is next up to bat.

  21. upadjective

    Happening; new.

    What is up with that project at headquarters?

  22. upadjective

    Facing upwards; facing toward the top.

  23. upadjective


    Get up and give her your seat.

  24. upadjective

    On a higher level.

  25. upadjective

    Available; made public.

    The new notices are up as of last Tuesday.

  26. upadjective

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

    I'm not up on the latest news. What's going on?

  27. upadjective

    Functional; working.

    Is the server back up?

  28. upadjective

    Traveling towards a major terminus.

    The London train is on the up line.

  29. upadjective

    the up escalator, the escalator taking passengers upwards

  30. upadjective

    Served chilled and strained into a stemmed glass.

    A Cosmopolitan is typically served up.

  31. upadjective


  32. upadjective

    in the sky (i.e. during daytime)

  33. uppreposition

    Toward the top of.

    The cat went up the tree.

  34. uppreposition

    Further along (in any direction).

    Go up the street until you see the sign.

  35. uppreposition

    Into or out of one's possession or consideration.

  36. Etymology: From upp, from upp-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Upadverb

    Etymology: up , Saxon; op, Dutch and Danish.

    From those two Mytilene brethren, admire the wonderful changes of worldly things, now up now down, as if the life of man were not of much more certainty than a stage play. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    Thither his course he bends; but up or down,
    By center, or eccentrick, hard to tell,
    Or longitude. John Milton.

    Helen was not up? was she? William Shakespeare.

    His chamber being commonly stived with suiters, when he was up, he gave his legs, arms, and breast to his servants to dress him; his eyes to his letters, and ears to petitioners. Henry Wotton.

    Upon his first rising, a general whisper ran among the country people, that Sir Roger was up. Addison.

    Now morn with rosy light had streak’d the sky,
    Up rose the sun, and up rose Emily;
    Address’d her early steps to Cynthia’s fane. Dryden.

    Up with my tent; here will I lie to-night;
    But where to-morrow? —— well, all’s one for that. William Shakespeare.

    As soon as the sun is up, set upon the city. Judges ix.

    Till we have wrought ourselves up into this degree of christian indifference, we are in bondage. Francis Atterbury.

    Those that were up themselves, kept others low;
    Those that were low themselves held others hard,
    Ne suffered them to rise, or greater grow. Fairy Queen.

    Henry the fifth is crown’d; up vanity!
    Down royal state! all you sage counsellors hence. William Shakespeare.

    The gentle archbishop of York is up
    With well-appointed powers. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    Rebels there are up,
    And put the Englishmen unto the sword. William Shakespeare.

    Thou hast fir’d me; my soul’s up in arms,
    And mans each part about me. Dryden.

    Grief and passion are like floods raised in little brooks by a sudden rain; they are quickly up, and if the concernment be pour’d unexpectedly in upon us, it overflows us. Dryden.

    As a boar was whetting his teeth, up comes a fox to him. Roger L'Estrange.

    I am ready to die from my youth up. Ps. lxxxviii.

    Abundance of them are seen scattered up and down like so many little islands when the tide is low. Addison.

    Our desire is, in this present controversy, not to be carried up and down with the waves of uncertain arguments, but rather positively to lead on the minds of the simpler sort by plain and easy degrees, till the very nature of the thing itself do make manifest what is truth. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    The skipping king he rambled up and down,
    With shallow jesters. William Shakespeare.

    Up and down he traverses his ground;
    Now wards a felling blow, now strikes again:
    Then nimbly shifts a thrust, then lends a wound;
    Now back he gives, then rushes on amain. Daniel.

    Thou and death
    Shall dwell at ease, and up and down unseen
    Wing silently the buxom air. John Milton.

    On this windy sea of land, the fiend
    Walk’d up and down alone, bent on his prey. John Milton.

    What a miserable life dost thou lead, says a dog to a lion, to run starving up and down thus in woods. Roger L'Estrange.

    —— She moves! life wanders up and down
    Through all her face, and lights up every charm. Addison.

    Tantalus was punished with the rage of an eternal thirst, and set up to the chin in water, that fled from his lips whenever he attempted to drink it. Addison.

    The wisest men in all ages have lived up to the religion of their country, when they saw nothing in it opposite to morality. Addison.

    They are determined to live up to the holy rule, by which they have obliged themselves to walk. Francis Atterbury.

    We must not only mortify all these passions that solicit us, but we must learn to do well, and act up to the positive precepts of our duty. John Rogers, Sermons.

    She, quick and proud, and who did Pas despise,
    Up with her fist, and took him on the face;
    Another time, quoth she, become more wise:
    Thus Pas did kiss her hand with little grace. Philip Sidney.

    If we could number up those prodigious swarms that settled in every part of the Campania of old Rome, they would amount to more than can be found in any six parts of Europe of the same extent. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    Up, up! cries gluttony, ’tis break of day;
    Go drive the deer, and drag the finny prey. Alexander Pope.

    Up then, Melpomene, the mournful muse of nine;
    Such cause of mourning never hadst afore.
    Up, grisly ghosts; and up my rueful rime;
    Matter of mirth now shalt thou have no more. Edmund Spenser.

    But up, and enter now into full bliss. John Milton.

    Up, up, for honour’s sake; twelve legions wait you,
    And long to call you chief. Dryden.

  2. Upprep.

    From a lower to a higher part; not down.

    In going up a hill, the knees will be most weary; in going down, the thighs: for that in lifting the feet, when a man goeth up the hill, the weight of the body beareth most upon the knees, and in going down, upon the thighs. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upadverb

    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. Upadverb

    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. Upadverb

    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. Upadverb

    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. Upadverb

    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. Upadverb

    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. Upnoun

    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. Upadjective

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Up

    up, adv. toward a higher place: aloft: on high: from a lower to a higher position, as out of bed, above the horizon, &c.: in a higher position: in a condition of elevation, advance, excitement, &c.: as far as, abreast of: completely: at an end, over.—prep. from a lower to a higher place on or along.—adj. inclining up, upward.—n. in phrase 'ups and downs,' rises and falls, vicissitudes.—adv. Up′-and-down′, upright: here and there.—adj. plain, downright.—Up stick, to pack up; Up to (coll.), about, engaged in doing; Up to anything, capable of and ready for any mischief; Up to date, to the present time: containing all recent facts, statistics, &c.: knowing the latest developments of fashion, usage, &c.; Up to snuff (see Snuff); Up to the knocker (slang), up to the required standard, excellent; Up town (coll.), pertaining to the upper part of a town: towards the upper part of a town. [A.S. up, upp; Ger. auf; L. sub, Gr. hypo.]

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.

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of up in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  • فوقArabic
  • уве́рсе, уве́рх, наве́рх, ўверхBelarusian
  • нагореBulgarian
  • amunt, daltCatalan, Valencian
  • vzhůru, nahoře, nahoru, povýšit, zvýšitCzech
  • lan, i fynyWelsh
  • oppe, med forsiden opad, med, opad, op, i stykker, itu, op ad, forøge, i, forfremmeDanish
  • dran, um, hoch, munter, auf, bereit, empor, oben, ver-, nach oben, aufdrehen, weiter, erhöhen, hinaufGerman
  • πάνωGreek
  • suprenEsperanto
  • arriba, hacia arribaSpanish
  • goraBasque
  • فراز, ابَر, بُرز, بالاPersian
  • hereillä, valveilla, palasiksi, ylös, pohjoinen, murskaksi, pirstaleiksi, osiin, ylöspäin, ylFinnish
  • upp, upp eftirFaroese
  • levé, au garde-à-vous, partant, en marche, debout, haut, en hautFrench
  • in airde, thuas, suasIrish
  • shuas, suas, a-nìos, èirich, a-nuas, àrdaichScottish Gaelic
  • arribaGalician
  • ऊपरHindi
  • fent, fel, -re, -raHungarian
  • վերևArmenian
  • naikIndonesian
  • suItalian
  • למעלהHebrew
  • 上を向けて, 上り方向に, 終わり, 控えている, 起きている, 気が向いている, 上に, 上がっている, 良い, 上, 上り, 北, 上げるJapanese
  • ឡើង, ទៅខាងលើKhmer
  • Korean
  • باکور, سه‌ره‌وه, به‌رز, سه‌ره‌وه‌Kurdish
  • supra, superLatin
  • į viršųLithuanian
  • augšā, augšupLatvian
  • разбуден, расонет, истечен, станат, нагоре, погласно, из-, повисоко, ис-, зголемува, унапредува, повишуваMacedonian
  • वरMarathi
  • riang, habis, tamat, atas, naik, menaikkan, meningkatkanMalay
  • met, op, mee, klaar, in orde, aan de beurt, beschikbaar, bereid, opgewekt, aan, omhoog, opwaarts, ver-, promoveren, verhogen, langs, omhoogdraaien, opschroevenDutch
  • oppe, opp, klar, utgående, i tur, oppesen, med, ute, oppdatert, forfremme, øke, oppover, høyneNorwegian
  • dah, de, deiNavajo, Navaho
  • do góry, na górze, w góręPolish
  • para o ar, por dentro, para o alto, para cima, em pé, a par, aumentar, cima, elevar, acima, [[no]] [[alto]], [[para]] [[o]] [[alto]], alto, adiantePortuguese
  • sü, sen, se, siRomansh
  • susRomanian
  • выше, вверх, на части, вверху, на куски, наверху, наверх, громче, дальшеRussian
  • horeSlovak
  • gôrSlovene
  • med, uppåt, uppdaterad, uppe, upp, itu, isär, längs, höjaSwedish
  • simama, tabamu, juu, kubali, maliza, ingine, amka, patikana, mbaliSwahili
  • வரைTamil
  • вгору, вгорі, догориUkrainian
  • اوپرUrdu
  • lênVietnamese
  • 向上Chinese

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