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English definition of “up”

up

adverb
 
 
/ʌp/
towards a higher value, number, or level: Share prices moved up slowly yesterday. Pushing the number of unit sales up every quarter can't be continued indefinitely.
if a level or amount is up, it has increased: The cost of insurance is up quite a lot this year.up 5%, 20%, etc. on sth Last year the company's turnover was up 3% on the previous year.
in a state of being together with other similar things: Add up the column of figures.
to an end or state of being complete: Finish up this report before you leave tonight. I'd like to wind up the meeting by thanking you for coming.
up for sth intended, suggested, or being considered for something: Jack is up for promotion this year. They put the building up for sale. (also up for doing sth) willing and able to do or take part in an activity: After a long day of meetings, I wasn't really up for taking the clients out for dinner. He asked if anyone wanted to try, and I said I was up for it.
up to sth as high as a particular level or number: The Competition Commission clamped down on lenders who charge borrowers in deprived areas interest rates of up to 900%. Owners who hire illegal workers face up to five years in prison. Women who have been with a firm for some time are told that their files have been reviewed and suddenly their work is not up to standard. (also up until sth) until a particular point in time: Up to now, we've had all the resources we needed. I was treated as a trusted employee up until about six months ago. able to do something: I had four hundred pages of reports to read, and I just didn't feel up to it.up to the job/task Do you think he's up to the job?
(Definition of up adverb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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