Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “up”

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of up?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “up” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

escapism

a way of avoiding an unpleasant or boring life, especially by thinking, reading, etc. about more exciting but impossible activities

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More