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Definitions of up

  1. out of bed; " are they astir yet?"; " up by seven each morning"
  2. getting higher or more vigorous; " its an up market"; " an improving economy"
  3. raise; " up the ante"
  4. 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"
  5. to a later time; " they moved the meeting date up"; " from childhood upward"
  6. to a more central or a more northerly place; " was transferred up to headquarters"; " up to Canada for a vacation"
  7. to a higher intensity; " he turned up the volume"
  8. open; " the windows are up"
  9. 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"
  10. extending or moving toward a higher place; " the up staircase"; " a general upward movement of fish"
  11. ( usually followed by ` on' or ` for') in readiness; " he was up on his homework"; " had to be up for the game"
  12. used up; " time is up"
  13. ( used of computers) operating properly; " how soon will the computers be up?"
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Aside, so as not to be in use; as, to lay up riches; put up your weapons.
  18. From a lower to a higher place on, upon, or along; at a higher situation upon; at the top of.
  19. 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.
  20. Upon.
  21. Inclining up; tending or going up; upward; as, an up look; an up grade; the up train.
  22. Aloft; on high; in a direction contrary to that of gravity; toward or in a higher place or position; above; - the opposite of down.
  23. The state of being up or above; a state of elevation, prosperity, or the like; - rarely occurring except in the phrase ups and downs.
  24. To a higher place on; as, toward the source of; as, up the river.
  25. Higher in motion, direction, or position: into being or action; as, to start up an argument; into notice; completely or to a finished state; as, to bring up a child; not behind or worse than: with to or with; as, to keep up with the times; away or in safety.
  26. Leading to a higher place; finished; as, the time is up.
  27. Fortunate occurrences: used only in the expression ups and downs.
  28. Toward a higher place: a loft: on high: from a lower to a higher position, as out of bed, above the horizon, etc.: in a higher position: in a condition of elevation, advance, excitement, etc.: as far as: completely. from a lower to a higher place on or along. - Used substantively, as in the ups and downs of life.
  29. Aloft; on high; to a higher position; in a high or higher position; as far as; completely.
  30. From a lower to a higher place; on or along.
  31. Moving or sloping upward.
  32. That which is up; chiefly in the phrase ups and downs.
  33. Toward a higher place or level.
  34. In or on a higher place.
  35. In or to an upright position; risen from bed.
  36. So as to be level ( to) or even ( with) in space, degree, etc.
  37. Aroused; astir.
  38. In or into promienence.
  39. At an end or close.
  40. From a lower to a higher point or place.
  41. At, on, or near a higner place or part of.
  42. Aloft; on high; out of bed; having risen from a seat; above the horizon; to a state of excitement; to a state of advance or proficiency; in a state of elevation, of climbing or ascending, of insurrection, of being increased, or of approach; in order; from younger years. Up and down, from one place to another; backwards and forwards. Up to, to an equal height with; to a degree or point adequate. Up with, raise; lift. Upside down, in complete disorder; with the lower part turned above the higher. Ups and downs, changes of fortune.
  43. From a lower to a higher place.
  44. Aloft; on high; in a state of advance; in a state of being raised or increased; in a state of climbing or ascending; in a state of insurrection; in a state of elevation; out of bed; into order, as he drew up his company; much used in modifying the action of a verb.
  45. From a lower place or position to a higher; not down.
  46. Arise; raise up.

Usage examples for up

  1. The House is up! – In the Fog by Richard Harding Davis
  2. " No, I don't care to take it up with you. – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  3. Tell Sattell I'm here and he can come on up! – Scrimshaw by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  4. " Yes," said Graeme, " I give up. – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  5. Now, it's up to us to find it. – Two Little Women on a Holiday by Carolyn Wells
  6. What have they come to do up there? – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  7. Make up your mind, and be quick about it." – Jess of the Rebel Trail by H. A. Cody
  8. Did he go up there? – Frank Merriwell's Reward by Burt L. Standish
  9. Come up and have a look at it." – Left End Edwards by Ralph Henry Barbour
  10. I'm up here to talk to you man to man. – Black Jack by Max Brand
  11. I had better go up and say that you are here." – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  12. And yet, she could not give him up. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  13. I will ask him to come up here. – At Agincourt by G. A. Henty
  14. After that it's up to you. – Cape Cod Stories The Old Home House by Joseph C. Lincoln
  15. What in the world can they be up to? – Jack Archer by G. A. Henty
  16. You see, I thought at first that no one would know me, made up and all. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  17. We all looked up. – The Terror from the Depths by Sewell Peaslee Wright
  18. Now then, up you get! – A Dash from Diamond City by George Manville Fenn
  19. The man was coming up. – The Red Cockade by Stanley J. Weyman
  20. Why are you up?" – Blind Policy by George Manville Fenn
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