- Spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position
"look up!"; "the music surged up"
- upwards, upward, upwardly
- To a higher intensity
"he turned up the volume"
- Nearer to the speaker
"he walked up and grabbed my lapels"
- To a more central or a more northerly place
"was transferred up to headquarters"; "up to Canada for a vacation"
- To a later time
"they moved the meeting date up"
- upwards, upward
- Being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level
"the anchor is up"; "the sun is up"; "he lay face up"; "he is up by a pawn"; "the market is up"; "the corn is up"
- Out of bed
"up by seven each morning"
- Getting higher or more vigorous
"its an up market"
- Extending or moving toward a higher place
"the up staircase"
- (usually followed by 'on' or 'for') in readiness
"he was up on his homework"; "had to be up for the game"
"the windows are up"
- (used of computers) operating properly
"how soon will the computers be up?"
- Used up
"time is up"
"up the ante"
Derived forms: upped, upping, ups
See also: ahead, ascending, awake, aweigh, dormie, dormy, finished, functioning, heavenward, high, in the lead, leading, prepared, raised, risen, rising, skyward, sprouted, upbound, upfield, upward
Type of: increase
Encyclopedia: Up, Down And Touch The Ground Up, Down and Touch the Ground Up, Bustle and Out Up Up, Bustle & Out Up, Up and Away Up, Up and Oy Vey Up, up, and away Up, Up, and Away Up, Up, and a Koopa Up, Up And Away
tr. to increase something.
• She tried to up the price on me, thinking I wouldn't notice.
• The bank upped its rates again.
Adj. Intoxicated by drugs, high.
adverb, adjective, verb, noun
to or at a higher level:
Prices are well up on last year's.
Total sales were up by 7%.
OPP DOWN See note at INCREASE
up for sth
on offer for sth:
The house is up for sale.
being considered for sth:
All the directors will be up for re-election next year.
These standards aren't up for discussion.
up to sth
as far as a particular number, level, etc:
The Human Resources Manager spends up to half her time interviewing.
2 (also up until sth)
not further or later than sth:
Up to now everything's been running smoothly.
as high or as good as sth:
The production quality is not up to our usual standards.
■ adjective [not before noun]
BOTTOM-UP, COMPLETELY BUILT-UP, DIAL-UP, HARD UP, JOINED-UP, PENT-UP, POP-UP
(of a computer system) working:
Our system should be up again by this afternoon.
up and running
(about a system, for example a computer system) working; being used:
It will be a lot easier when we have the database up and running.
The new system should be up and running by next week.
■ verb [+ obj] (-pp-)
to increase the price or amount of sth:
The group upped its bid from $10 to $30 a share.
SYN RAISE ⇨ ANTE
on the up
See also | BREAK-UP, BUILD-UP, CATCH-UP, CLEAN-UP, DRIVE-UP, FOLLOW-UP, GROSS-UP, HEADS-UP, HIGH-UP, HIGHER-UP, HOLD-UP, HOOK-UP, LINK-UP, LOCK-UP, MAKE-UP, MELT-UP, MOCK-UP, OPENING UP, RUN-UP, SET-UP, SHAKE-UP, SIGN-UP, SLIP-UP, SPLIT-UP, START-UP, STEP-UP, SUMMING-UP, TAKE-UP, TIE-UP, TOP-UP, VOLUNTARY WINDING UP, WINDING UP, WRITE-UP
increasing or improving:
Business confidence is on the up.
on the up and up ( 1 (BrE) becoming more and more successful: Their company is on the up and up. 2 (AmE) = LEVEL noun: I like doing business with her-she's on the up and up. ups and downs the mixture of good and bad things in a particular situation: Every business has its ups and downs.
becoming more and more successful:
Their company is on the up and up.
2 (AmE) = LEVEL noun:
I like doing business with her-she's on the up and up.
ups and downs
the mixture of good and bad things in a particular situation:
Every business has its ups and downs.
Market indication; willingness to go both ways (buy or sell) at the mentioned volume and market. Print; up on the ticker tape, confirming that the trade has been executed.
- they had learned to give up many things.
- they were strolling up and down the veranda.
- i do not relish having to get up so early.
- you are up for a command, i know that.
- her brother shut himself up among books.