What does up mean?

Definitions for up

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. up(adj)

    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)(adj)

    out of bed

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

  3. improving, up(adj)

    getting higher or more vigorous

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

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

    extending or moving toward a higher place

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

  5. up(p)(adj)

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

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

  6. up(adj)


    "the windows are up"

  7. up(p)(adj)

    (used of computers) operating properly

    "how soon will the computers be up?"

  8. up(p)(verb)

    used up

    "time is up"

  9. up(adverb)


    "up the ante"

  10. up, upwards, upward, upwardly(adverb)

    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. up(adverb)

    to a higher intensity

    "he turned up the volume"

  12. up(adverb)

    nearer to the speaker

    "he walked up and grabbed my lapels"

  13. up(adverb)

    to a more central or a more northerly place

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

  14. up, upwards, upward(adverb)

    to a later time

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


  1. up(Noun)

    The direction opposed to the pull of gravity.

    Up is a good way to go.

  2. up(Noun)

    a positive thing.

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

  3. up(Verb)

    To increase or raise.

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

  4. up(Verb)

    To promote.

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

  5. up(Verb)

    To act suddenly, usually with another verb.

  6. up(Adverb)

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

  7. up(Adverb)

    Thoroughly, completely.

  8. up(Adverb)


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

  9. up(Adverb)


    Turn the volume up.

  10. up(Adverb)

    Higher in pitch.

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

  11. up(Adverb)

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

    The up express arrives in London at 08:41

  12. up(Adverb)

    A preposition indicating positive vertical direction.

  13. up(Adverb)

    Relatively close to the batsman.

    The bowler pitched the ball up.

  14. up(Adverb)

    Without the use of additional ice.

    Would you like that drink up or on ice?

  15. up(Adverb)

    Towards Cambridge or Oxford.

    She's going up to read Classics this September.

  16. up(Adjective)


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

  17. up(Adjective)

    Finished, to an end

    Time is up!

  18. up(Adjective)

    In a good mood.

    I'm feeling up today.

  19. up(Adjective)

    Willing; ready.

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

  20. up(Adjective)

    Next in a sequence.

    Smith is next up to bat.

  21. up(Adjective)

    Happening; new.

    What is up with that project at headquarters?

  22. up(Adjective)

    Facing upwards; facing toward the top.

  23. up(Adjective)


    Get up and give her your seat.

  24. up(Adjective)

    On a higher level.

  25. up(Adjective)

    Available; made public.

    The new notices are up as of last Tuesday.

  26. up(Adjective)

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

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

  27. up(Adjective)

    Functional; working.

    Is the server back up?

  28. up(Adjective)

    Traveling towards a major terminus.

    The London train is on the up line.

  29. up(Adjective)

    the up escalator, the escalator taking passengers upwards

  30. up(Adjective)

    Served chilled and strained into a stemmed glass.

    A Cosmopolitan is typically served up.

  31. up(Adjective)


  32. up(Adjective)

    in the sky (i.e. during daytime)

  33. up(Preposition)

    Toward the top of.

    The cat went up the tree.

  34. up(Preposition)

    Further along (in any direction).

    Go up the street until you see the sign.

  35. up(Preposition)

    Into or out of one's possession or consideration.

  36. Origin: From upp, from upp-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Up(adverb)

    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. Up(adverb)

    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. Up(adverb)

    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. Up(adverb)

    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. Up(adverb)

    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. Up(adverb)

    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. Up(noun)

    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. Up(adj)

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. up

    To move an object in a direction towards the sky.

    He moved the lever up to move forward.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 18, 2019  

British National Corpus

  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

Anagrams for up »

  1. PU , P U

  2. P U

  3. PU

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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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Translations for up

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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
  • 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
  • вгору, вгорі, догориUkrainian
  • اوپرUrdu
  • lênVietnamese

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