Up meaning

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So as to approach; near.

Came up and kissed me.

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Into a state of excitement or turbulence.

Stir up; rouse up.

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Completely; entirely.

Drank it up in a gulp; fastened up the coat.

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Into consideration.

Take up a new topic.

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(informal) Taking place; going on.

Wondered what was up back home.

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From a lower to or toward a higher point on.

Up the hill.

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In a direction or place thought of as higher or above.
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In or to an upright position.

Sat up in bed.

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Being above a former position or level; higher.

My grades are up. The pressure is up.

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Raised; lifted.

A switch in the up position.

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Moving or directed upward.

An up elevator.

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Being considered; under study.

A contract that is up for renewal.

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On trial; charged.

The defendant is up for manslaughter.

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Having been finished; over.

Your time is up.

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Functioning or capable of functioning normally; operational.

Their computers are now up.

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(sports) Being ahead or at a numerical advantage over one's opponent.

Up two strokes in golf; up one man during the power play.

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(baseball) At bat.
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As a bet; at stake.
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(nautical) Bound; headed.

A freighter up for Panama.

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Toward or at a point farther along.

Two miles up the road.

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In a direction toward the source of.

Up the Mississippi.

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(nautical) Against.

Up the wind.

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An upward slope; a rise.
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An upward movement or trend.
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(slang) A feeling of excitement or euphoria.
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To increase.

Upped their fees; upping our output.

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To raise to a higher level, especially to promote to a higher position.
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(nautical) To raise.

Up anchor; up sail.

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To get up; rise.
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(informal) To act suddenly or unexpectedly.
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Upper Peninsula.
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Up; upward.

Upheave.

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Upper.

Upland.

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From a lower to a higher place; away from or out of the ground.
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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.
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Above the horizon.
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To a later period.

From childhood up.

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To a higher or better condition or station.
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To a higher amount, greater degree, etc.

With prices going up.

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In or into existence, action, view, evidence, consideration, etc.

To bring a matter up.

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Into an excited or troubled state.

To get worked up.

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Aside; away; by.

Lay up grain for the winter.

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So as to be even with in space, time, degree, etc.

Keep up with the times.

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To the point of completeness; entirely; thoroughly.

Eat up the pie.

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So as to stop.

To rein up a horse.

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To or toward an earlier time.

To move a meeting up.

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(informal) Served without ice cubes; not on the rocks.
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(baseball) To one's turn at batting; at bat.
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(naut.) To windward.

Put up the helm.

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(sports, games) Ahead of an opponent (by a specified number of points, strokes, etc.)
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To, toward, or at a higher place on or in.
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To, toward, or at a higher condition or station on or in.

Up the social ladder.

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At, along, or toward the higher or more distant part of.

Up the road.

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Toward the source of, or against the current, flow, or movement of (a river, the wind, etc.)
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In or toward the interior of (a country, territory, etc.)
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In or toward a more northerly part of.

To cruise up the coast.

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Tending or directed toward a position that is higher or is regarded as being higher.
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Advanced in amount, degree, etc.

Rents are up.

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In an active, excited, or agitated state.

Her anger was up.

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Even with in space, time, degree, etc.
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Living or located in the inner or elevated part of a country, territory, etc.
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At an end; over.

Time is up.

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At stake in gambling.

To have two dollars up on a horse.

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Working properly and available for use.
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(informal) Going on; happening.

What's up?

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(informal) Lively; cheerful; optimistic.
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(baseball) Having one's turn at batting; at bat.
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(sports, games) Ahead of an opponent (by a specified number of points, strokes, etc.)
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A person or thing that is up, moves upward, etc.
  • An upward slope.
  • An upward movement or course.
  • A period or state of prosperity, good luck, etc.
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(slang) An amphetamine or other stimulant drug; upper.
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(informal) To get up; rise.

He up and left.

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To bring to a higher level or cause to rise.

To up prices.

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To raise (a preceding bet or an ante)
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(sports, games) Apiece; each.

The score is seven up.

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University Press.
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Up.

Upbraid, upbringing.

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(1) A device that is currently working.
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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.

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(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.

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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.

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I will go up to New York to visit my family this weekend.

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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.

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(rail transport) Traditional term for the direction leading to the principal terminus, towards milepost zero.
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(sailing) Against the wind or current.
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(Cartesian graph) In a positive vertical direction.
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(cricket) Relatively close to the batsman.

The bowler pitched the ball up.

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(hospitality) Without additional ice.

Would you like that drink up or on ice?

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(UK, academia) Towards Cambridge or Oxford.

She's going up to read Classics this September.

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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.

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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.

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Aside, so as not to be in use.

To lay up riches; put up your weapons.

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Toward the top of.

The cat went up the tree. They walk up the steps.

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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.

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Further along (in any direction).

Go up the street until you see the sign.

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From south to north of.
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(toward the top of): down.
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I can't believe it's 3 a.m. and you're still up.

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Finished, to an end.

Time is up!

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In a good mood.

I'm feeling up today.

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

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Next in a sequence.

Smith is up to bat.

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Happening; new.

What is up with that project at headquarters?

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Facing upwards; facing toward the top.

Put the notebook face up on the table.

Take a break and put your feet up.

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Larger, greater in quantity.

Sales are up from last quarter.

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Get up and give her your seat.

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On a higher level.
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The new notices are up as of last Tuesday.

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

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(computing) Functional; working.

Is the server back up?

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(of a railway line or train) Traveling towards a major terminus.

The London train is on the up line.

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Headed, or designated to go, upward, as an escalator, stairway, elevator etc.
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(bar tending) Chilled and strained into a stemmed glass.

A Cosmopolitan is typically served up.

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(slang) Erect.
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(of the Sun or Moon) Above the horizon, in the sky (i.e. during daytime or night-time)
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(slang, graffiti) Well-known; renowned.
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(facing upwards): down.
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(on a higher level): down.
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(computing: Functional): down.
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(traveling towards a major terminus): down.
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(uncountable) The direction opposed to the pull of gravity.

Up is a good way to go.

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(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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(colloquial) To increase or raise.

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

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(colloquial) To promote.

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

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(intransitive) To act suddenly, usually with another verb.

He just upped and quit.

He upped and punched that guy.

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Up is defined as at or toward a higher point.

An example of up is the sky as compared to the land.

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Into view or existence.

Draw up a will.

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In or toward a position conventionally regarded as higher, as on a scale, chart, or map.

Temperatures heading up; up in Canada.

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To or at a higher price.

Stocks that are going up.

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So as to advance, increase, or improve.

Our spirits went up.

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With or to a greater intensity, pitch, or volume.

Turn the sound up.

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Used as an intensifier of the action of a verb.

Typed up a list.

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To a stop.

Pulled up in front of the station.

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Each; apiece.

The score was tied at 11 up.

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Apart; into pieces.

Tore it up.

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(nautical) To windward.
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Running as a candidate.
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To put up, lift up, or take up.
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(informal) on the up-and-up
  • Open and honest.
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up against
  • Confronted with; facing:
    Up against a strong opponent.
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up to
  • Occupied with, especially devising or scheming:
    A prowler up to no good.
  • Able to do or deal with:
    Didn't feel up to a long drive.
  • Dependent on:
    The success of this project is up to us.
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it's all up with
  • there is no further hope for; the end is near for
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on the up and up
  • open and aboveboard; honest
  • rising or improving steadily; prospering
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up against
  • face to face with; confronted with
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up against it
  • in difficulty; esp., in financial difficulty
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up and around
  • out of bed and resuming one's normal activities, as after an illness
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up and doing
  • busy; active
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up for
  • presented or considered for (an elective office, an election, sale, auction, etc.)
  • before a court on (trial) or for (some charge)
  • willing to attend, take part in, etc. (an event, activity, etc.)
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up on
  • well-informed concerning
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ups and downs
  • good periods and bad periods
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up to
  • 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.
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up to one's ears
  • very deeply
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up with!
  • give or restore power, favor, etc. to!
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Origin of up

  • ME < OE, identical with up, up

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English up upward uppe on high both from Old English ūp upo in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English ūp-, upp- upo in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English upp, from Proto-Germanic *up-.

    From Wiktionary