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Dictionary Definition

up adj
1 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" [ant: down]
2 getting higher or more vigorous; "its an up market"; "an improving economy" [syn: improving]
3 extending or moving toward a higher place; "the up staircase"; "a general upward movement of fish" [syn: up(a), upward(a)]
4 (usually followed by `on' or `for') in readiness; "he was up on his homework"; "had to be up for the game" [syn: up(p)]
5 open; "the windows are up"
6 (used of computers) operating properly; "how soon will the computers be up?" [syn: up(p)]
7 used up; "time is up" [syn: up(p)]
8 out of bed; "are they astir yet?"; "up by seven each morning" [syn: astir(p), up(p)] adv
1 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" [syn: upwards, upward, upwardly] [ant: down, down, down, down]
2 to a higher intensity; "he turned up the volume" [ant: down]
3 nearer to the speaker; "he walked up and grabbed my lapels"
4 to a more central or a more northerly place; "was transferred up to headquarters"; "up to Canada for a vacation" [ant: down]
5 to a later time; "they moved the meeting date up"; "from childhood upward" [syn: upwards, upward] v : raise; "up the ante" [also: upping, upped]

User Contributed Dictionary



From upp.


  • , /ʌp/, /Vp/
  • a AusE /ap/, /ap/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌp


  1. Away from the center of the earth; in opposite direction to the downward pull of gravity.
    • I looked up and saw the airplane overhead.
  2. Into pieces.
    • tear up
    • chop up
  3. An abstract adverb of motion or change.
    • mess up
    • take up
  4. Used for intensity or emphasis.
    • speak up
    • type up
  5. In the context of "rail transport": Traditional term for the direction leading to the principal terminus, towards milepost zero.
  6. Relatively close to the batsman.
    • The bowler pitched the ball up.


away from earth’s centre
into pieces
abstract adverb of motion
  • Dutch: op, ver-
  • German: auf
for emphasis
  • Dutch: op
  • Kurdish: به‌رز
rail transport: the direction towards milepost zero
  • Japanese: 上りに
cricket: relatively close to the batsman
Translations to be checked


  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. North.
    • I’m going up to New York to visit my family this weekend.
  4. Higher or louder.
    • Turn the volume up.
  5. Higher in pitch.
    • Listen to your voice go up at the end of a question.


toward the top
further along
  • Danish: op ad
  • Dutch: langs
  • Norwegian: oppover
  • Portuguese: adiante
  • Russian: дальше
  • Swedish: längs
higher, louder
  • Danish: op
  • Dutch: omhoog
  • Japanese: 上に
  • Kurdish: به‌رز
  • Norwegian: opp
  • Portuguese: aumentar, elevar
  • Russian: выше (výše), громче (grómče)
  • Swedish: upp
higher in pitch
  • Danish: op
  • Dutch: omhoog
  • Norwegian: opp
  • Portuguese: aumentar, elevar
  • Russian: выше (vý'še)
  • Swedish: upp
Translations to be checked


  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. Facing upwards; facing toward the top.
    • Put the notebook face up on the table.
  7. Standing.
    • Get up and give her your seat.
  8. On a higher level.
  9. Available; made public.
    • The new notices are up as of last Tuesday.
  10. Of a person, informed about; abreast of; current.
    • I’m not up on the latest news. What’s going on?
  11. Functional; working.
    • Is the server back up?
  12. In the context of "of a railway line or train": Traveling towards a major terminus.
    • The London train is on the up line.


  • Czech: vzhůru
  • Danish: oppe
  • Dutch: op
  • German: auf
  • Hungarian: fent
  • Japanese: 起きている
  • Latvian: augšā
  • Norwegian: oppe
  • Swedish: uppe
  • Dutch: op
  • Japanese: 終わり
  • Malay: habis, tamat
  • Norwegian: ute
in a good mood
  • Czech: nahoře
  • Dutch: opgewekt
  • Japanese: 良い
  • Malay: riang
  • Norwegian: oppesen
ready, willing
  • Dutch: klaar, bereid
  • Japanese: 気が向いている
  • Norwegian: klar
  • Dutch: aan, aan de beurt
  • Japanese: 控えている
  • Norwegian: i tur
facing upwards
  • Danish: med forsiden opad
  • Dutch: met ... omhoog
  • Japanese: 上を向けて
  • Norwegian: med ... opp
  • Swedish: med ... uppåt
  • Dutch: op
  • Japanese: 上に
  • Norwegian: opp
  • Swedish: upp
on a higher level
  • Norwegian: oppe
  • Dutch: beschikbaar
  • Norwegian: oppe
  • Swedish: uppe
informed about
  • Danish: med
  • Dutch: mee
  • Japanese: 上がっている
  • Norwegian: med (colloquial), oppdatert
  • Swedish: med (colloquial), uppdaterad
  • Danish: oppe
  • Dutch: in orde
  • Norwegian: oppe
rail transport: traveling towards a major terminus
  • Japanese: 上り方向に
  • Norwegian: utgående
Translations to be checked


  1. The direction away from the center of the Earth, opposed to the pull of gravity.
    • Up is a good way to go.
  2. A potential customer. From Unqualified Prospect.
    • That's my up.
    Reference Glossary of Timeshare words & phrases


direction away from the center of the Earth
  • Dutch: omhoog
  • Esperanto: supren
  • Japanese: 上
  • Korean: (wi)


  1. In the context of "transitive|colloquial|": To increase or raise.
    • If we up the volume, we'll be able to make out the details.
  2. In the context of "transitive|US|colloquial": To promote.
    • It wasn’t long before they upped him to Vice President.




* turn up

Related terms

Derived terms

rel-top Derived terms
  • draw on a reserve of inner strength
  • forward to higher authority for resolution
  • build up: to create, e.g., build up a list; build up a physique
  • burn up: to be burned such that there is nothing left
  • clog up, clogged up: passage impeded as in a clogged up drain pipe, or a traffic jam
  • cloud up: to become cloudy
  • clear up: to become sunny
  • clean up: to win by a wide margin in sports, gambling, or business
  • close up: to close for business; e.g., close up shop (at night); permanent closure is "closing down".
  • crack up:
  • to begin laughing uncontrollably
  • to become insane
  • to double the quantity of
  • to make the second out in a double play, in baseball
  • to win a bet made with all of one's previous winnings
  • dress up: to put on nice clothing
  • dry up: to lose moisture, or content, as in a "dry well"
  • eat up: to eat it all
  • finish up: to complete a task or action
  • gang up, gang up on: to collaborate in opposition (to someone); e.g., "They ganged up on him."
  • going up: travelling to Oxford University or Cambridge University (if expelled from either, they are "sent down")
  • kick up: to create something bad, e.g., don’t kick up a fuss
  • knock up: to impregnate
  • lash up: (UK) improvised temporary solution to technical problem
  • let up: to ease pressure, or to cease entirely
  • muck up: to err; to make a mess of things
  • one-upmanship: outdoing
  • open up:
  • to open for business; e.g., open up a store or theatre
  • confusing usage: a drain must be opened up (cleared) because it is stopped up (clogged).
  • to reveal one's inner feelings, or thoughts.
  • to provide accommodations for
  • to tolerate
  • to mix, e.g., stir up a martini
  • to create disarray or trouble
  • to require, e.g., takes up a lot of time
  • to remove the slack, e.g., to take up the fishing line
  • to turn one’s attention to, e.g., take up the next topic for discussion
  • throw up: to vomit
  • turn up: to arrive
  • wet up: to become wet, e.g., rain wets up the earth
  • up to it: able to cope
  • work up: to create, e.g., to work up an appetite; exercise to work up a sweat
  • write up: to create a report

Extensive Definition

Up may refer to:


Science and technology

  • μp, an abbreviation for microprocessor (where the "u" is actually "μ", the lowercase Greek letter mu, meaning "micro-")
  • Unified Process, an iterative software development process
  • UP (complexity), Unambiguous Non-deterministic Polynomial-time





See also

up in German: UP
up in Spanish: UP
up in French: UP
up in Korean: UP
up in Italian: UP
up in Dutch: UP
up in Japanese: UP
up in Norwegian: UP
up in Serbian: UP

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

above, abovestairs, access, accession, accretion, accrual, accruement, accumulation, add to, addition, advance, against, aggrandize, aggrandizement, airward, alert, aloft, aloof, amplification, amplify, appreciation, arise, ascend, ascent, aspire, at attention, augment, augmentation, awake, ballooning, bloat, bloating, blow up, bolt upright, boom, boost, broaden, broadening, build, build up, buildup, bulk, bulk out, buoy up, cast up, come up, conscious, crescendo, curl upwards, develop, development, dilate, distend, edema, elevate, elevation, en route to, endways, endwise, enlarge, enlargement, ennoble, erect, erectly, escalate, exalt, expand, expansion, extend, extension, fatten, fill out, flood, gain, go up, graduate, greatening, grow up, growth, gush, headed for, heave, heavenward, heft, heighten, heist, high, high up, hike, hike up, hoick, hoist, hold up, huff, in passage to, in the air, in the clouds, in transit to, increase, increment, inflate, inflation, jack up, jerk up, jump, jump up, kick upstairs, knight, knock up, leap, lengthen, levitate, lift, lift up, lob, loft, loom, magnify, maximize, mount, mounting, multiplication, on, on end, on high, on route to, on stilts, on the peak, on tiptoe, over, over against, overhead, parlay, pass, perk up, prefer, productiveness, proliferation, promote, puff, puff up, pump, pump up, put up, pyramid, raise, raise up, rarefy, rear, rear up, right on end, rise, rise up, set up, sky, skyward, snowballing, soar, spiral, spire, spread, stand up, stick up, straight up, stretch, sufflate, surge, swarm up, sweep up, swell, swelling, thicken, throw up, tiptoe, to, to the zenith, toward, towards, tower, tumescence, up attic, up north, up on end, up steps, upalong, upbuoy, upcast, upgo, upgrade, upgrow, upheave, uphill, uphillward, uphoist, uphold, uplift, uplong, upon, upping, upraise, uprear, upright, uprightly, uprise, upspin, upstairs, upstandingly, upstream, upstreamward, upsurge, upswarm, upswing, upthrow, uptown, uptrend, upturn, upward, upwards, upwind, upwith, versus, waxing, wide-awake, widen, widening
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