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. Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire:

    History is fables agreed upon.

  2. Aristotle:

    Happiness depends upon ourselves.

  3. Neil Meron:

    We were smiled upon in that respect.

  4. Napoleon Bonaparte:

    History is a set of lies agreed upon.

  5. Matthew Arnold:

    Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.

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