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Meaning of “upon” in the English Dictionary

"upon" in British English

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uponpreposition

uk   /əˈpɒn/  us   /-ˈpɑːn/
B2 formal on: Upon her ​head she ​wore a ​blackvelvethat. You can never ​place enough ​emphasis upon the ​importance of ​safety. Upon ​yourarrival (= as ​soon as you ​arrive), ​pleasereport to the ​receptiondesk.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.

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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 ​happenssoon 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)
Translations of “upon”
in Korean “on”의 동의어…
in Arabic فَوْق, عَلى…
in Malaysian di atas…
in French sur, à…
in Russian см. on…
in Chinese (Traditional) 在…上…
in Italian forma alterativa di “on”…
in Turkish üzerine, üzerinde…
in Polish na…
in Spanish sobre, a (al llegar)…
in Vietnamese trên, ở trên…
in Portuguese forma alterativa de “on”…
in Thai บน…
in German auf, bei…
in Catalan a, en, sobre…
in Japanese “on” (upon のほうが文語的)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 在…上…
in Indonesian pada…
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