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up to

adverb  /ˈʌp tu, / us  
less than or equal to, but not more than, a stated value, number, level, or time: Research suggests that up to half of those who were prescribed the drug suffered side effects. You have up to ten minutes.

up to

preposition  /ˈʌp tu, / us  

up to preposition (RESPONSIBILITY)

being the responsibility of (someone): The decision is up to you. If it were up to me, I’d do it.

up to preposition (DOING)

doing (something that might be bad or illegal), often secretly: When it’s so quiet, I think the kids are up to something.
Translations of “up to”
in Chinese (Traditional) 接近於, 至多…
in Chinese (Simplified) 接近于, 至多…
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