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Pronunciation:  up

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  1. [adv]  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"
  2. [adv]  to a later time; "they moved the meeting date up"; "from childhood upward"
  3. [adv]  to a more central or a more northerly place; "was transferred up to headquarters"; "up to Canada for a vacation"
  4. [adv]  nearer to the speaker; "he walked up and grabbed my lapels"
  5. [adv]  to a higher intensity; "he turned up the volume"
  6. [adj]  open; "the windows are up"
  7. [adj]  getting higher or more vigorous; "its an up market"; "an improving economy"
  8. [adj]  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"
  9. [v]  raise; "up the ante"

UP is a 2 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: ahead(p), aweigh, dormie, dormy, heavenward, improving, in the lead, leading, raised, risen, rising, skyward, sprouted, upbound, upfield, upward, upward, upwardly, upwards
 Antonyms: down, down, downward, downwardly, downwards
 See Also: ascending(a), high, increase



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Up\, adv. [AS. up, upp, ?p; akin to OFries. up, op, D. op,
    OS. ?p, OHG. ?f, G. auf, Icel. ? Sw. upp, Dan. op, Goth. iup,
    and probably to E. over. See {Over}.]
    1. Aloft; on high; in a direction contrary to that of
       gravity; toward or in a higher place or position; above;
       -- the opposite of {down}.
             But up or down, By center or eccentric, hard to
             tell.                                 --Milton.
    2. Hence, in many derived uses, specifically:
       (a) From a lower to a higher position, literally or
           figuratively; as, from a recumbent or sitting
           position; from the mouth, toward the source, of a
           river; from a dependent or inferior condition; from
           concealment; from younger age; from a quiet state, or
           the like; -- used with verbs of motion expressed or
                 But they presumed to go up unto the hilltop.
                                                   --Num. xiv.
                 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth
                 up.                               --Ps.
                                                   lxxxviii. 15.
                 Up rose the sun, and up rose Emelye. --Chaucer.
                 We have wrought ourselves up into this degree of
                 Christian indifference.           --Atterbury.
       (b) 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.
                 And when the sun was up, they were scorched.
                                                   --Matt. xiii.
                 Those that were up themselves kept others low.
                 Helen was up -- was she?          --Shak.
                 Rebels there are up, And put the Englishmen unto
                 the sword.                        --Shak.
                 His name was up through all the adjoining
                 provinces, even to Italy and Rome; many desiring
                 to see who he was that could withstand so many
                 years the Roman puissance.        --Milton.
                 Thou hast fired me; my soul's up in arms.
                 Grief and passion are like floods raised in
                 little brooks by a sudden rain; they are quickly
                 up.                               --Dryden.
                 A general whisper ran among the country people,
                 that Sir Roger was up.            --Addison.
                 Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for
                 any fate.                         --Longfellow.
       (c) 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
                 As a boar was whetting his teeth, up comes a fox
                 to him.                           --L'Estrange.
       (d) 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.
    Note: Some phrases of this kind are now obsolete; as, to
          spend up (--Prov. xxi. 20); to kill up (--B. Jonson).
       (e) Aside, so as not to be in use; as, to lay up riches;
           put up your weapons.
    Note: Up is used elliptically for get up, rouse up, etc.,
          expressing a command or exhortation. ``Up, and let us
          be going.'' --Judg. xix. 28.
                Up, up, my friend! and quit your books, Or surely
                you 'll grow double.               --Wordsworth.
    {It is all up with him}, it is all over with him; he is lost.
    {The time is up}, the allotted time is past.
    {To be up in}, to be informed about; to be versed in.
       ``Anxious that their sons should be well up in the
       superstitions of two thousand years ago.'' --H. Spencer.
    {To be up to}.
       (a) To be equal to, or prepared for; as, he is up to the
           business, or the emergency. [Colloq.]
       (b) To be engaged in; to purpose, with the idea of doing
           ill or mischief; as, I don't know what he's up to.
    {To blow up}.
       (a) To inflate; to distend.
       (b) To destroy by an explosion from beneath.
       (c) To explode; as, the boiler blew up.
       (d) To reprove angrily; to scold. [Slang]
    {To bring up}. See under {Bring}, v. t.
    {To come up with}. See under {Come}, v. i.
    {To cut up}. See under {Cut}, v. t. & i.
    {To draw up}. See under {Draw}, v. t.
    {To grow up}, to grow to maturity.
    {Up anchor} (Naut.), the order to man the windlass
       preparatory to hauling up the anchor.
    {Up and down}.
       (a) First up, and then down; from one state or position to
           another. See under {Down}, adv.
                 Fortune . . . led him up and down. --Chaucer.
       (b) (Naut.) Vertical; perpendicular; -- said of the cable
           when the anchor is under, or nearly under, the hawse
           hole, and the cable is taut. --Totten.
    {Up helm} (Naut.), the order given to move the tiller toward
       the upper, or windward, side of a vessel.
    {Up to snuff}. See under {Snuff}. [Slang]
    {What is up?} What is going on? [Slang]
  2. \Up\, prep.
    1. From a lower to a higher place on, upon, or along; at a
       higher situation upon; at the top of.
             In going up a hill, the knees will be most weary; in
             going down, the thihgs.               --Bacon.
    2. 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.
    3. Upon. [Obs.] ``Up pain of death.'' --Chaucer.
  3. \Up\, n.
    The state of being up or above; a state of elevation,
    prosperity, or the like; -- rarely occurring except in the
    phrase ups and downs. [Colloq.]
    {Ups and downs}, alternate states of elevation and
       depression, or of prosperity and the contrary. [Colloq.]
             They had their ups and downs of fortune.
  4. \Up\, a.
    Inclining up; tending or going up; upward; as, an up look; an
    up grade; the up train.
Computing Dictionary

Working, in order. E.g. "The down escalator is up."

Opposite: down.

[jargon file]

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of being or moving up, suggests that you are emerging from some depressing or negative situation. You may be feeling high or euphoric. The dream may also compensate for your waking feelings of sadness. Alternatively, it means that your ego is inflated.