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"upright" in British English

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uprightadjective

uk   us   /ˈʌp.raɪt/
  • upright adjective (STRAIGHT)

B2 straight up or ​vertical: Please ​returnyourseat to an upright ​position and ​fastenyourbelt. used to refer to something that is ​taller than it is ​wide: an upright ​freezer/​vacuumcleaner

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uprightadverb

uk   us   /ˈʌp.raɪt/

uprightnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈʌp.raɪt/
a ​verticalpart of something that ​supports other ​parts: Firmly ​secure the two uprights to ​oppositewalls in the ​alcove and then ​fit the ​shelves in between them. UK informal for goalpost (also upright piano) a ​piano in which the ​strings are ​vertical
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(Definition of upright from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"upright" in American English

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uprightadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈʌpˌrɑɪt/
(​standing or being) ​vertical and as ​straight as ​possible: He ​stood upright.

uprightadjective

 us   /ˈʌp·rɑɪt/
  • upright adjective (MORAL)

honest, ​responsible, and ​moral: an upright ​young man
(Definition of upright from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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