p) KEY ADVERB:
- In or to a higher position: looking up.
- In a direction opposite to the center of the earth or a comparable gravitational center: up from the lunar surface.
- In or to an upright position: sat up in bed.
- Above a surface: coming up for air.
- So as to detach or unearth: pulling up weeds.
- Above the horizon: as the sun came up.
- Into view or existence: draw up a will.
- Into consideration: take up a new topic.
- In or toward a position conventionally regarded as higher, as on a scale, chart, or map: temperatures heading up; up in Canada.
- To or at a higher price: stocks that are going up.
- So as to advance, increase, or improve: Our spirits went up.
- With or to a greater intensity, pitch, or volume: turn the sound up.
- Into a state of excitement or turbulence: stir up; rouse up.
- Completely; entirely: drank it up in a gulp; fastened up the coat.
- Used as an intensifier of the action of a verb: typed up a list.
- So as to approach; near: came up and kissed me.
- To a stop: pulled up in front of the station.
- Each; apiece: The score was tied at 11 up.
- Apart; into pieces: tore it up.
- Nautical To windward.
- Being above a former position or level; higher: My grades are up. The pressure is up.
- Out of bed: was up by seven.
- Standing; erect.
- Facing upward: two cards up, one down; the up side of a tossed coin.
- Raised; lifted: a switch in the up position.
- Moving or directed upward: an up elevator.
- Marked by increased excitement or agitation; aroused: Our fighting spirit was up.
- Informal Cheerful; optimistic; upbeat.
- Slang Happily excited; euphoric: After receiving the award, the performer was really up.
- Informal Taking place; going on: wondered what was up back home.
- Being considered; under study: a contract that is up for renewal.
- Running as a candidate.
- On trial; charged: The defendant is up for manslaughter.
- Having been finished; over: Your time is up.
- Prepared; ready: had to be up for the game.
- Well informed; abreast: not up on sports.
- Functioning or capable of functioning normally; operational: Their computers are now up.
- Sports Being ahead of one's opponent: up two strokes in golf.
- Baseball At bat.
- As a bet; at stake.
- Nautical Bound; headed: a freighter up for Panama.
- From a lower to or toward a higher point on: up the hill.
- Toward or at a point farther along: two miles up the road.
- In a direction toward the source of: up the Mississippi.
- Nautical Against: up the wind.
- An upward slope; a rise.
- An upward movement or trend.
- Slang A feeling of excitement or euphoria.
, ups VERB: tr.
- To increase: upped their fees; upping our output.
- To raise to a higher level, especially to promote to a higher position.
- Nautical To raise: up anchor; up sail.
IDIOMS: on the up-and-up/up and up Informal
- To get up; rise.
- Informal To act suddenly or unexpectedly: "She upped and perjured her immortal soul" (Margery Allingham).
- Open and honest.
- Confronted with; facing: up against a strong opponent.
- Occupied with, especially devising or scheming: a prowler up to no good.
- Able to do or deal with: didn't feel up to a long drive.
- Dependent on: The success of this project is up to us.
- To the point of; as far as: I'm up to chapter 15 in my book.
- As long as: allowed up to two hours to finish the test.
- As many as: seed that yields up to 300 bushels per acre.
Middle English up
, and uppe
, on high
both from Old English p
; see upo
in Indo-European roots