Meaning of “up to” in the English Dictionary

"up to" in British English

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up toadverb

uk /ˈʌp ˌtuː/ us /ˈʌp ˌtuː/

up topreposition

uk /ˈʌp ˌtuː/ us /ˈʌp ˌtuː/

(Definition of “up to” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"up to" in American English

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up toadverb

us /ˈʌp tu, /

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 topreposition

us /ˈʌp tu, /

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.

(Definition of “up to” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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