Hot air balloons up in the sky.
An example of up is the sky as compared to the land.
- from a lower to a higher place; away from or out of the ground
- in or on a higher position or level; off the ground, or from a position below to one at the surface of the earth or water
- in a direction or place thought of as higher or above
- above the horizon
- to a later period: from childhood up
- to a higher or better condition or station
- to a higher amount, greater degree, etc.: with prices going up
- in or into a standing or upright position
- out of bed
- in or into existence, action, view, evidence, consideration, etc.: to bring a matter up
- into an excited or troubled state: to get worked up
- aside; away; by: lay up grain for the winter
- so as to be even with in space, time, degree, etc.: keep up with the times
- to the point of completeness; entirely; thoroughly: eat up the pie
- so as to stop: to rein up a horse
- to or toward an earlier time: to move a meeting up
- ⌂ Informal served without ice cubes; not on the rocks: said of a cocktail
- ⌂ Baseball to one's turn at batting; at bat
- Naut. to windward: put up the helm
- ahead of an opponent (by a specified number of points, strokes, etc.)
Origin of upMiddle English ; from Old English up, uppe, akin to German auf, Old Norse upp ; from Indo-European an unverified form upo, up from below from source sub-, hypo-, over
- to, toward, or at a higher place on or in
- to, toward, or at a higher condition or station on or in: up the social ladder
- at, along, or toward the higher or more distant part of: up the road
- toward the source of, or against the current, flow, or movement of (a river, the wind, etc.)
- in or toward the interior of (a country, territory, etc.)
- in or toward a more northerly part of: to cruise up the coast
- tending or directed toward a position that is higher or is regarded as being higher
- in a higher position, condition, or station
- mounted on a horse or horses
- above the ground
- above the horizon
- advanced in amount, degree, etc.: rents are up
- in a standing or upright position
- out of bed
- in an active, excited, or agitated state: her anger was up
- even with in space, time, degree, etc.
- living or located in the inner or elevated part of a country, territory, etc.
- at an end; over: time is up
- ⌂ at stake in gambling: to have two dollars up on a horse
- working properly and available for use: said esp. of a computer
- Informal going on; happening: what's up?
- Informal lively; cheerful; optimistic
- ⌂ Baseball having one's turn at batting; at bat
- ahead of an opponent (by a specified number of points, strokes, etc.)
- a person or thing that is up, moves upward, etc.; specif.,
- an upward slope
- an upward movement or course
- a period or state of prosperity, good luck, etc.
- ⌂ Slang an amphetamine or other stimulant drug; upper
- to put up, lift up, or take up
- to bring to a higher level or cause to rise: to up prices
- to raise (a preceding bet or an ante)
it's all up with
on the up and up⌂
- Informal open and aboveboard; honest
- Chiefly Brit. rising or improving steadily; prospering
up against it⌂
up and around
up and doing
- presented or considered for (an elective office, an election, sale, auction, etc.)
- before a court on (trial) or for (some charge)
- ⌂ Informal willing to attend, take part in, etc. (an event, activity, etc.)
ups and downs
- occupied with; doing; scheming; devising: up to no good
- equal to (a task, challenge, etc.); capable of (doing, undertaking, etc.)
- as many as: up to four may play
- as far as: up to now; tall grass came up to his waist
- ⌂ dependent upon; incumbent upon: entirely up to her
up to one's ears
Origin of upphonetic respelling of ap(iece), influenced, influence by up
- University Press
- Upper Peninsula
Origin of up-Middle English ; from OE, identical with up, up
- a. In or to a higher position: looking up.b. In a direction opposite to the center of the earth or a comparable gravitational center: up from the lunar surface.
- In or to an upright position: sat up in bed.
- a. Above a surface: coming up for air.b. So as to detach or unearth: pulling up weeds.c. Above the horizon: as the sun came up.
- Into view or existence: draw up a will.
- Into consideration: take up a new topic.
- In or toward a position conventionally regarded as higher, as on a scale, chart, or map: temperatures heading up; up in Canada.
- To or at a higher price: stocks that are going up.
- So as to advance, increase, or improve: Our spirits went up.
- With or to a greater intensity, pitch, or volume: turn the sound up.
- Into a state of excitement or turbulence: stir up; rouse up.
- Completely; entirely: drank it up in a gulp; fastened up the coat.
- Used as an intensifier of the action of a verb: typed up a list.
- So as to approach; near: came up and kissed me.
- To a stop: pulled up in front of the station.
- Each; apiece: The score was tied at 11 up.
- Apart; into pieces: tore it up.
- Nautical To windward.
- Being above a former position or level; higher: My grades are up. The pressure is up.
- a. Out of bed: was up by seven.b. Standing; erect.c. Facing upward: two cards up, one down; the up side of a tossed coin.
- Raised; lifted: a switch in the up position.
- Moving or directed upward: an up elevator.
- a. Marked by increased excitement or agitation; aroused: Our fighting spirit was up.b. Informal Cheerful; optimistic; upbeat.c. Slang Happily excited; euphoric: After receiving the award, the performer was really up.
- Informal Taking place; going on: wondered what was up back home.
- Being considered; under study: a contract that is up for renewal.
- Running as a candidate.
- On trial; charged: The defendant is up for manslaughter.
- Having been finished; over: Your time is up.
- Informal a. Prepared; ready: had to be up for the game.b. Well informed; abreast: not up on sports.
- Functioning or capable of functioning normally; operational: Their computers are now up.
- Sports Being ahead or at a numerical advantage over one's opponent: up two strokes in golf; up one man during the power play.
- Baseball At bat.
- As a bet; at stake.
- Nautical Bound; headed: a freighter up for Panama.
- From a lower to or toward a higher point on: up the hill.
- Toward or at a point farther along: two miles up the road.
- In a direction toward the source of: up the Mississippi.
- Nautical Against: up the wind.
- An upward slope; a rise.
- An upward movement or trend.
- Slang A feeling of excitement or euphoria.
verbupped, up·ping, ups
- To increase: upped their fees; upping our output.
- To raise to a higher level, especially to promote to a higher position.
- Nautical To raise: up anchor; up sail.
- To get up; rise.
- Informal To act suddenly or unexpectedly: “She upped and perjured her immortal soul” (Margery Allingham).
Origin of upMiddle English up, upward and uppe, on high, both from Old English &umacron;p; see upo in Indo-European roots.
- Up; upward: upheave.
- Upper: upland.
Origin of up-Middle English, from Old English &umacron;p-, upp-; see upo in Indo-European roots.
- Away from the centre of the Earth or other planet; in opposite direction to the downward pull of gravity.
- I looked up and saw the airplane overhead.
- (intensifier) Used as an aspect marker to indicate a completed action or state Thoroughly, completely.
- I will mix up the puzzle pieces.
- Tear up the contract.
- He really messed up.
- Please type up our monthly report.
- To or from 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.
- I will go up to New York to visit my family this weekend.
- To a higher level of some quantity or notional quantity, such as price, volume, pitch, happiness, etc.
- Gold has gone up with the uncertainty in the world markets.
- Turn it up, I can barely hear it.
- Listen to your voice go up at the end of a question.
- Cheer up, the weekend's almost here.
- (rail transport) Traditional term for the direction leading to the principal terminus, towards milepost zero.
- (sailing) Against the wind or current.
- (Cartesian graph) In a positive vertical direction.
- (cricket) Relatively close to the batsman.
- The bowler pitched the ball up.
- (hospitality) Without additional ice.
- Would you like that drink up or on ice?
- (UK, academia) Towards Cambridge or Oxford.
- She's going up to read Classics this September.
- To or in a position of equal advance or equality; not short of, back of, less advanced than, away from, etc.; usually followed by to or with.
- I was up to my chin in water.
- A stranger came up and asked me for directions.
- To or in a state of completion; completely; wholly; quite.
- Drink up. The pub is closing.
- Can you sum up your research?
- The comet burned up in the atmosphere.
- I need to sew up the hole in this shirt.
- Aside, so as not to be in use.
- to lay up riches; put up your weapons
- Toward the top of.
- The cat went up the tree. They walk up the steps.
- Toward the center, source, or main point of reference; toward the end at which something is attached.
- The information made its way up the chain of command to the general. They took a boat up the river from the coast. I felt something crawling up my arm.
- Further along (in any direction).
- Go up the street until you see the sign.
- From south to north of
- (toward the top of): down
- I can't believe it's 3 a.m. and you're still up.
- Finished, to an end
- Time is up!
- In a good mood.
- I'm feeling up today.
- Willing; ready.
- If you are up for a trip, let's go.
- Next in a sequence.
- Smith is up to bat.
- Happening; new.
- What is up with that project at headquarters?
- Facing upwards; facing toward the top.
- Put the notebook face up on the table.
- Take a break and put your feet up.
- Larger, greater in quantity.
- Sales are up from last quarter.
- Get up and give her your seat.
- On a higher level.
- Available; made public.
- The new notices are up as of last Tuesday.
- Well-informed; current.
- I'm not up on the latest news. What's going on?
- (computing) Functional; working.
- Is the server back up?
- (of a railway line or train) Traveling towards a major terminus.
- The London train is on the up line.
- Headed, or designated to go, upward, as an escalator, stairway, elevator etc.
- (bar tending) Chilled and strained into a stemmed glass.
- A Cosmopolitan is typically served up.
- (slang) Erect.
- (of the Sun or Moon) Above the horizon, in the sky (i.e. during daytime or night-time)
- (slang, graffiti) well-known; renowned
(usually uncountable, plural ups)
- Up is not commonly used as object of a preposition.
(third-person singular simple present ups, present participle upping, simple past and past participle upped)
- PU , P U
From Old English upp, from Proto-Germanic *up-.
up - Computer Definition
(1) A device that is currently working.
(2) (uP) (microProcessor) uP is an alternate spelling for ÂµP. Micro comes from the Greek mikros, which means "small," and the symbol is Âµ. See microprocessor.