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upright

adjective uk   /ˈʌp.raɪt/ us  

upright adjective (STRAIGHT)

B2 straight up or vertical: Please return your seat to an upright position and fasten your belt.Describing angles, lines and orientations describes something that is taller than it is wide: an upright freezer/vacuum cleanerDescribing angles, lines and orientations

upright adjective (MORAL)

approving honest, responsible, and moral: She behaved as any upright citizen would have under the circumstances.Honesty, openness and sincerityVirtue and moral good

upright

adverb uk   /ˈʌp.raɪt/ us  
B2 vertical and as straight as possible: to sit/stand upright The sound of breaking glass made her sit bolt upright (= sit with her back straight).Describing angles, lines and orientationsUp and upwardMoving upwards

upright

noun [C] uk   /ˈʌp.raɪt/ us  
a vertical part of something that supports other parts: Firmly secure the two uprights to opposite walls in the alcove and then slot the shelves in between them.Physical supports and supportingArches, columns and beams UK informal for goalpostFootball/soccerGeneral terms used in ball sportsSurfaces on which sports take place (also upright piano) a piano in which the strings are vertical
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