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English adjective: up

1. up being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level


SamplesThe 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.


Similarahead, aweigh, dormie, dormy, heavenward, in the lead, leading, risen, skyward, sprouted, upbound, upfield, upward


See alsoascending, high


Antonymsdown

2. up out of bed


SamplesAre they astir yet?.
Up by seven each morning.


Synonymsastir


Similarawake


Antonymsasleep

3. up getting higher or more vigorous


SamplesIts an up market.
An improving economy.


Synonymsimproving


Similarrising


Antonymsfalling

4. up extending or moving toward a higher place


SamplesThe up staircase.
A general upward movement of fish.


Synonymsupward


Similarascending


Antonymsdescending

5. up (usually followed by `on' or `for') in readiness


SamplesHe was up on his homework.
Had to be up for the game.


Similarprepared


Antonymsunprepared

6. up open


SamplesThe windows are up.


Similarraised


Antonymslowered

7. up (used of computers) operating properly


SamplesHow soon will the computers be up?.


Similarfunctioning


Domain categorycomputer, computing device, computing machine, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system


Antonymsmalfunctioning, nonfunctional

8. up used up


SamplesTime is up.


Similarfinished


Antonymsunfinished


English adverb: up

1. up spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position


SamplesLook up!.
The music surged up.
The fragments flew upwards.
Prices soared upwards.
Upwardly mobile.


Synonymsupward, upwardly, upwards


Antonymsdown, downward, downwardly, downwards

2. up to a higher intensity


SamplesHe turned up the volume.


Antonymsdown

3. up nearer to the speaker


SamplesHe walked up and grabbed my lapels.

4. up to a more central or a more northerly place


SamplesWas transferred up to headquarters.
Up to Canada for a vacation.


Antonymsdown

5. up to a later time


SamplesThey moved the meeting date up.
From childhood upward.


Synonymsupward, upwards


English verb: up

1. up (change) raise


SamplesUp the ante.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)increase









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