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up

adverb [not gradable]  /ʌp/ us  

up adverb [not gradable] (HIGHER)

toward a higher position, or toward a higher value, number, or level: Pick up your clothes and put them away. We need to push sales figures up higher next quarter. The kids were jumping up and down on the bed.

up adverb [not gradable] (VERTICAL)

in or into a vertical position: She jumped up to answer the phone. They put up (= built) the house in a matter of weeks.

up adverb [not gradable] (TOP)

in a high position; at the top: They moved to a house up in the hills.

up adverb [not gradable] (INCREASINGLY)

to a greater degree; in order to increase: The afternoon sun really heats up this room (= increases the heat in this room). Please speak up (= louder) – I can’t hear you.

up adverb [not gradable] (INTO EXISTENCE)

into existence, view, or consideration: I didn’t hesitate to bring up the salary issue. Something came up at the office and I had to work late.

up adverb [not gradable] (EQUAL)

so as to be equal in quality or achievement: It’s impossible to keep up with all the new computer developments.

up adverb [not gradable] (NEAR)

very near: He walked right up to me and introduced himself. The cop pushed me up against the wall.

up adverb [not gradable] (TOGETHER)

in a state of being together with other similar things: Gather up your things – it’s time to go. She added up the numbers in her head.

up adverb [not gradable] (TIGHTLY)

tightly or firmly in order to keep something safe or in position: Tie the boat up at the dock. You’d better bundle up (= wear warm clothes) – it’s cold outside.

up adverb [not gradable] (SMALLER)

made smaller in area or amount, esp. by cutting or dividing: Cut the cheese up into bite-size pieces. They broke the company up into three separate units. He folded up the newspaper and put it in his briefcase.

up adverb [not gradable] (AGE)

to a greater age: She wants to be a singer when she grows up.

up adverb [not gradable] (INTO IMPROVED POSITION)

into an improved position or state: By the third lap, Simms had moved up into second position.

up adverb [not gradable] (TOWARD NORTH)

toward the north: She comes up from Washington about once a month.
up
noun  /ʌp/ us  
up
noun  /ʌp/ us  

up

preposition  /ʌp/ us  

up preposition (ALONG)

(farther) along: There’s a coffee shop just up the street.

up preposition (TOP)

at the top of: His house is up the hill.

up

adjective, adverb [not gradable]  /ʌp/ us  

up adjective, adverb [not gradable] (OUT OF BED)

out of bed: What time did you get up?

up adjective, adverb [not gradable] (ENDED)

finished, or to an end, finish, or state of being completed: Finish up your breakfast – it’s almost time for school. My time is almost up on the parking meter.

up

adjective [not gradable]  /ʌp/ us  

up adjective [not gradable] (IN OPERATION)

(of a system or machine, esp. a computer) operating, esp. in its usual way: The new inventory system should be up and running by the end of the month.

up adjective [not gradable] (INTENDED)

intended, suggested, or being considered: The house at the end of our street is up for sale. Ray’s up for promotion.

up

verb [T]  /ʌp/ (-pp-) infml us  

up verb [T] (HIGHER)

to increase the amount or level of something: We won’t be able to make a profit unless we up our prices.
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