Meaning of “upright” in the English Dictionary

"upright" in British English

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uk /ˈʌp.raɪt/ us /ˈʌp.raɪt/

upright adjective (STRAIGHT)

B2 straight up or vertical:

Please return your seat to an upright position and fasten your belt.

used to refer to something that is taller than it is wide:

More examples

  • Keep the bottles upright.
  • He was sitting in an upright position in the bed, propped up by pillows.
  • I have a bad back so an upright chair is more comfortable.
  • an upright posture/stance
  • Seats should be in the upright position during take-off and landing.


uk /ˈʌp.raɪt/ us /ˈʌp.raɪt/

uprightnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʌp.raɪt/ us /ˈʌp.raɪt/

a vertical part of something that supports other parts:

Firmly secure the two uprights to opposite walls 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


(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/

upright adjective, adverb [ not gradable ] (STRAIGHT)

(standing or being) vertical and as straight as possible:

He stood upright.


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)