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Meaning of up by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old English upp .


    • ( UK, US ) enPR: ŭp, IPA: /ʌp/, SAMPA: /Vp/
    • ( Aus ) IPA: /ap/, SAMPA: /ap/
    • Rhymes: -ʌp


    up ( not comparable )

    1. Away from the center of the Earth or other planet; in opposite direction to the downward pull of gravity .
      I looked up and saw the airplane overhead .
    2. Thoroughly, completely .
      I will mix up the puzzle pieces .
      Tear up the contract .
      He really messed up .
      Please type up our monthly report .
    3. North .
      I’m going up to New York to visit my family this weekend .
    4. Louder .
      Turn the volume up .
    5. Higher in pitch .
      Listen to your voice go up at the end of a question .
    6. ( rail transport ) Traditional term for the direction leading to the principal terminus, towards milepost zero .
      The up express arrives in London at 08:41
    7. ( Cartesian graph ) A preposition indicating positive vertical direction .
    8. ( cricket ) Relatively close to the batsman .
      The bowler pitched the ball up .



    1. Toward the top of .
      The cat went up the tree .
    2. Further along ( in any direction ) .
      Go up the street until you see the sign .
    3. Into or out of one's possession or consideration .
      I picked up some milk on the way home .
      The committee will take up your request .
      She had to give up her driver's license after the accident .


    up ( not comparable )

    1. Awake .
      I can’t believe it’s 3 a.m. and you’re still up .
    2. Finished, to an end
      Time is up!
    3. In a good mood .
      I’m feeling up today .
    4. Willing; ready .
      If you are up for a trip, let’s go .
    5. Next in a sequence .
      Smith is next up to bat .
    6. Happening; new .
      What is up with that project at headquarters?
    7. Facing upwards; facing toward the top .
      Put the notebook face up on the table .
      Take a break and put your feet up .
    8. Standing .
      Get up and give her your seat .
    9. On a higher level.
    10. Available; made public .
      The new notices are up as of last Tuesday .
    11. Of a person, informed about; abreast of; current .
      I’m not up on the latest news. What’s going on?
    12. ( computing ) Functional; working .
      Is the server back up?
    13. ( of a railway line or train ) Traveling towards a major terminus .
      The London train is on the up line .
    14. ( bar tending ) Served chilled and strained into a stemmed glass .
      A Cosmopolitan is typically served up .
    15. ( slang ) Erect .

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    up ( usually uncountable; plural: ups )

    1. ( uncountable ) The direction opposed to the pull of gravity .
      Up is a good way to go .
    2. ( countable ) a positive thing .
      I hate almost everything about my job. The only up is that it's so close to home .

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    to up ( third-person singular simple present ups present participle upping, simple past and past participle upped )

    1. ( transitive, colloquial ) To increase or raise .
      If we up the volume, we'll be able to make out the details .
    2. ( transitive, US, colloquial ) To promote .
      It wasn’t long before they upped him to Vice President .
    3. ( intransitive ) To act suddenly, usually with another verb .
      He just upped and quit .
      He upped and punched that guy .


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    By Wiktionary ( 2012/05/27 11:53 UTC Version )


    From Middle English, from Old English ūp- ( “up-” ), from ūp ( “up, from above” ). Cognate with Dutch op- ( “up-” ), German auf- ( “up-” ). More at up .



    1. Used to indicate increase .
      Over time the engine's power was uprated .
    2. Used to indicate higher position or direction, literally or figuratively .
      The uptake of tickets increased dramatically after the favorable review .

    Derived terms

    [+] English words prefixed with up-

    Alternative forms

    • upp-, uppe-


    From Old English ūp ( “up, upward” ) .



    1. up, upward
      ūpsettan ( “to exalt” )
      ūpferian ( “to raise up, bring up” )
      ūplang ( “upright, erect; tall, high up” )
    2. heavenly, from above; upper
      ūprodor ( “firmament, heavens, sky” )
      ūpland ( “the country, upland” )

Explanation of up by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. raise

    2. up the ante
    1. spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position

    2. look up!
      the music surged up
      the fragments flew upwards
      prices soared upwards
      upwardly mobile
    3. to a later time

    4. they moved the meeting date up
      from childhood upward
    5. to a more central or a more northerly place

    6. was transferred up to headquarters
      up to Canada for a vacation
    7. nearer to the speaker

    8. he walked up and grabbed my lapels
    9. to a higher intensity

    10. he turned up the volume
    1. out of bed

    2. up by seven each morning
    3. used up

    4. time is up
    5. ( used of computers ) operating properly

    6. how soon will the computers be up?
    7. open

    8. the windows are up
    9. in readiness

    10. he was up on his homework
      had to be up for the game
    11. extending or moving toward a higher place

    12. the up staircase
      a general upward movement of fish
    13. getting higher or more vigorous

    14. its an up market
    15. being or moving higher in position or greater in some value

    16. 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

    Definition of up by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Up ( ŭp ), adv. [AS. up, upp, ūp; akin to OFries. up, op, D. op, OS. ūp, OHG. ūf, G. auf, Icel. & Sw. upp, Dan. op, Goth. iup, and probably to E. over. See Over.]

      1. Aloft; on high; in a direction contrary to that of gravity; toward or in a higher place or position; above; -- the opposite of down.

      But up or down,

      By center or eccentric, hard to tell. Milton.

      2. Hence, in many derived uses, specifically: --

      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.

      But they presumed to go up unto the hilltop. Num. xiv. 44.

      I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up. Ps. lxxxviii. 15.

      Up rose the sun, and up rose Emelye. Chaucer.

      We have wrought ourselves up into this degree of Christian indifference. Atterbury.

      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”.

      And when the sun was up, they were scorched. Matt. xiii. 6.

      Those that were up themselves kept others low. Spenser.

      Helen was up -- was she? Shak.

      Rebels there are up,

      And put the Englishmen unto the sword. Shak.

      His name was up through all the adjoining provinces, even to Italy and Rome; many desiring to see who he was that could withstand so many years the Roman puissance. Milton.

      Thou hast fired me; my soul's up in arms. Dryden.

      Grief and passion are like floods raised in little brooks by a sudden rain; they are quickly up. Dryden.

      A general whisper ran among the country people, that Sir Roger was up. Addison.

      Let us, then, be up and doing,

      With a heart for any fate. Longfellow.

      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”.

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

      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”.

      ☞ Some phrases of this kind are now obsolete; as, to spend up ( Prov. xxi. 20 ); to kill up ( B. Jonson ).

      Aside, so as not to be in use; as, “to lay up riches; put up your weapons”.

      ☞ Up is used elliptically for get up, rouse up, etc., expressing a command or exhortation. “Up, and let us be going.” Judg. xix. 28.

      Up, up, my friend! and quit your books,

      Or surely you 'll grow double. Wordsworth.

      It is all up with him, it is all over with him; he is lost. -- The time is up, the allotted time is past. -- To be up in, to be informed about; to be versed in. “Anxious that their sons should be well up in the superstitions of two thousand years ago.” H. Spencer. -- To be up to. To be equal to, or prepared for; as, he is up to the business, or the emergency. [Colloq.] To be engaged in; to purpose, with the idea of doing ill or mischief; as, “I don't know what he's up to”. [Colloq.] -- To blow up. To inflate; to distend. To destroy by an explosion from beneath. To explode; as, “the boiler blew up”. To reprove angrily; to scold. [Slang] -- To bring up. See under Bring, v. t. -- To come up with. See under Come, v. i. -- To cut up. See under Cut, v. t. & i. -- To draw up. See under Draw, v. t. -- To grow up, to grow to maturity. -- Up anchor ( Naut. ), the order to man the windlass preparatory to hauling up the anchor. -- Up and down. First up, and then down; from one state
      or position to another. See under Down, adv.

      Fortune . . . led him up and down. Chaucer.

      ( Naut. ) Vertical; perpendicular; -- said of the cable when the anchor is under, or nearly under, the hawse hole, and the cable is taut. Totten. -- Up helm ( Naut. ), the order given to move the tiller toward the upper, or windward, side of a vessel. -- Up to snuff. See under Snuff. [Slang] -- What is up? What is going on? [Slang]

    2. Up, prep.
      1. From a lower to a higher place on, upon, or along; at a higher situation upon; at the top of.

      In going up a hill, the knees will be most weary; in going down, the thihgs. Bacon.

      2. 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”.

      3. Upon. [Obs.] “Up pain of death.” Chaucer.

    3. Up, n. The state of being up or above; a state of elevation, prosperity, or the like; -- rarely occurring except in the phrase ups and downs. [Colloq.]

      Ups and downs, alternate states of elevation and depression, or of prosperity and the contrary. [Colloq.]

      They had their ups and downs of fortune. Thackeray.

    4. Up, a. Inclining up; tending or going up; upward; as, “an up look; an up grade; the up train”.