Meaning of “upon” in the English Dictionary

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"upon" in British English

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uponpreposition

uk /əˈpɒn/ us /əˈpɑːn/

B2 formal on:

Upon her head she wore a black velvet hat.
You can never place enough emphasis upon the importance of safety.
Upon your arrival (= as soon as you arrive), please report to the reception desk.
be upon sb formal

to be something that someone will experience or have to deal with soon:

Another few weeks and spring will be upon us.

More examples

  • A country's future prosperity depends, to an extent, upon the quality of education of its people.
  • The radiation leak has had a disastrous effect upon the environment.
  • Elaine depends upon Bob completely for her happiness.
  • "Jesus, " said the priest, "saved and redeemed mankind by taking our sins upon himself."
  • The Chancellorship of the University was bestowed upon her in 1992.

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

"upon" in American English

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uponpreposition

us /əˈpɑn, əˈpɔn/

on:

That depends upon the circumstances.
She insisted upon knowing the truth.

Upon can be used to show that something happens soon after, and often because of, something else:

Upon hearing the good news, we all congratulated Murphy.

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