from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb In or to a higher position.
  • adverb In a direction opposite to the center of the earth or a comparable gravitational center.
  • adverb In or to an upright position.
  • adverb Above a surface.
  • adverb So as to detach or unearth.
  • adverb Above the horizon.
  • adverb Into view or existence.
  • adverb Into consideration.
  • adverb In or toward a position conventionally regarded as higher, as on a scale, chart, or map.
  • adverb To or at a higher price.
  • adverb So as to advance, increase, or improve.
  • adverb With or to a greater intensity, pitch, or volume.
  • adverb Into a state of excitement or turbulence.
  • adverb Completely; entirely.
  • adverb Used as an intensifier of the action of a verb.
  • adverb So as to approach; near.
  • adverb To a stop.
  • adverb Each; apiece.
  • adverb Apart; into pieces.
  • adverb Nautical To windward.
  • adjective Being above a former position or level; higher.
  • adjective Out of bed.
  • adjective Standing; erect.
  • adjective Facing upward.
  • adjective Raised; lifted.
  • adjective Moving or directed upward.
  • adjective Marked by increased excitement or agitation; aroused.
  • adjective Informal Cheerful; optimistic; upbeat.
  • adjective Slang Happily excited; euphoric.
  • adjective Informal Taking place; going on.
  • adjective Being considered; under study.
  • adjective Running as a candidate.
  • adjective On trial; charged.
  • adjective Having been finished; over.
  • adjective Prepared; ready.
  • adjective Well informed; abreast.
  • adjective Functioning or capable of functioning normally; operational.
  • adjective Sports Being ahead or at a numerical advantage over one's opponent.
  • adjective Baseball At bat.
  • adjective As a bet; at stake.
  • adjective Nautical Bound; headed.
  • preposition From a lower to or toward a higher point on.
  • preposition Toward or at a point farther along.
  • preposition In a direction toward the source of.
  • preposition Nautical Against.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English up, upward and uppe, on high, both from Old English ūp; see upo in Indo-European roots.]

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


  • However, the most important person in any such crime like in all crimes, of course is the victim, and if the victim says: "shut up about it because *you continuing to bring it up* upsets me, it was a long time ago and I don't want to have it splashed on the front pages now", that's exactly what should be done.

    Artistic Licence

  • Promoted to Headline (H2) on 4/4/09: GM battle 'hotting up' yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'GM battle \'hotting up\' '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Article: India is trying to fend off GMOs, just as there is a renewed thrust on pushing GM crops in the United States, the UK, and in Europe. '

    GM battle 'hotting up'

  • I am all caught up on my Telly shows, and most of my comics now - I still haven't read Batman RIP so I have no idea if it ties into the events of Final Crisis or if he's absent from Robin for another reason altogether *throws hands up* does anyone know?

    One-sentence fandom catch up.

  • *Wake up, wake up* Fans teh donkey wif a luvly fezzer fan madid owt ov wild canary goldfinsh fezzers… and calls teh auto CCC…

    Care Package: - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • Marley and Me: 'Two paws up' yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Marley and Me: \'Two paws up\' '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Article: The wonderful new movie Marley and Me shows that animals are a part of the family, for better or for worse, and when we bring them into our homes, we are making a lifetime commitment.

    Marley and Me: 'Two paws up'

  • · To get up from the ground, the child ‘walks up’ his thighs with his hands.

    1) Head Control and Use of Senses

  • We must work tirelessly to make sure that every boy and girl in America who is up for adoption has a family waiting up* to reach him or her.

    Radio Address Of The President And First Lady

  • We must work tirelessly to make sure that every boy and girl in America who is up for adoption has a family waiting up* to reach him or her.

    Radio Address With The First Lady On Promoting Adoption

  • That is, close up, shut up, or, as is said now, "bung up," -- emphatically, "We kept true time;" and the probability is, that in saying this, Sir Toby would accompany the words with the action of pushing an imaginary door; or _sneck up_.

    Notes and Queries, Number 29, May 18, 1850

  • Yes, -- and, to confirm my suspicions, here rattle in the drums and pipe in the fifes, wooing us to get up, _get up_, with music too peremptory to be harmonious.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 45, July, 1861


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  • I dig it in verb form, as in 'stakes,' 'ante,' 'dose,' etc.

    January 20, 2009

  • Available, common on newspaper copy desks. "Who's up?" to work a story, take a sports call, read a proof, etc. (Similar to American Heritage definitions 35-37.)

    June 2, 2010

  • I like the fact that in Slovene up (a noun) means "hope".

    August 24, 2010

  • up


    October 30, 2010