Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shoot up”

shoot up

(INCREASE) informal phrasal verb with shoot     /ʃuːt/ verb (shot, shot)
to grow in size, or increase in number or level, very quickly: David has really shot up since I saw him last. Prices shot up by 25 percent.Becoming biggerEnlarging and inflatingIncreasing and intensifying
(Definition of shoot up (INCREASE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of shoot up

Definitions of “shoot up” in other dictionaries

Translations of “shoot up”

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More