up adverb, preposition Meaning in the Cambridge Essential English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "up" in Essential English Dictionary

up

adverb, preposition   /ʌp/
A2 towards or in a higher place: He ran up the stairs. She looked up and smiled at me.
A1 vertical or as straight as possible: He stood up. She sat up.
to a greater degree, amount, volume, etc.: Can you turn up the heat?
used to say that someone completes an action or uses all of something: I used up all my money. Eat up the rest of your dinner.
up the road, street, etc.
A2 along or further along the street, road, etc.: They live just up the road.
go, walk, etc. up to someone/something
B1 to walk directly towards someone or something until you are next to them: He came straight up to me and introduced himself.
up to 10, 20, etc.
B1 any amount under 10, 20, etc.: We can invite up to 65 people.
up to/till/until
B1 until a particular time: You can call me up till midnight.
be up to someone
B1 If an action or decision is up to someone, they are responsible for doing or making it: I can’t decide for you. It’s up to you.
be up to something informal
B1 to be doing or planning something bad: What are you two up to?
(Definition of up adverb, preposition from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Watching the detectorists
Watching the detectorists
by ,
May 31, 2016
by Colin McIntosh You could be forgiven for thinking that old-fashioned hobbies that don’t involve computers have fallen out of favour. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the internet has made it easier for people with specialist hobbies from different corners of the world to come together to support one another

Read More 

Word of the Day

pollution

damage caused to water, air, etc. by harmful substances or waste

Word of the Day

decision fatigue noun
decision fatigue noun
May 30, 2016
a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

Read More