up

Up is a word that means "from lower to higher," so you can use it when you go up in a hot air balloon, when you look up at the clouds, or when you graduate from high school and move up in the world.

As an adjective or adverb, up almost always conveys a movement or position that's higher (or sometimes, northward). You jump up and put your shoes on when you're late for school, turn up the volume on the car stereo when your favorite song comes on, get cheered up by your new kitten, and watch the prices at your favorite bakery go up as it becomes more popular. In the 1500s, the verb up also meant "to catch swans."

Definitions of up
  1. adverb
    spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position
    “look up!”
    “the music surged up
    synonyms: upward, upwardly, upwards
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    Antonyms:
    down, downward, downwardly, downwards
    spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position
  2. adverb
    to a higher intensity
    “he turned up the volume”
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    Antonyms:
    down
    to a lower intensity
  3. adverb
    to a more central or a more northerly place
    “was transferred up to headquarters”
    up to Canada for a vacation”
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    Antonyms:
    down
    away from a more central or a more northerly place
  4. adverb
    nearer to the speaker
    “he walked up and grabbed my lapels”
  5. adjective
    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
    Synonyms:
    high
    (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
    ascending
    moving or going or growing upward
    ahead, in the lead, leading
    having the leading position or higher score in a contest
    aweigh
    (used of an anchor) hanging clear of the bottom
    dormie, dormy
    in match play a side that stands as many holes ahead as there are holes remaining to be played
    heavenward, skyward
    directed toward heaven or the sky
    risen
    (of e.g. celestial bodies) above the horizon
    sprouted
    (of growing vegetation) having just emerged from the ground
    upbound
    heading in any direction that is conventionally up
    upfield
    away from the defending teams' end of the playing field
    upward
    directed up
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    down
    being or moving lower in position or less in some value
    low
    literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension
    descending
    coming down or downward
    behind
    having the lower score or lagging position in a contest
    downbound
    heading in any direction that is conventionally down
    downcast
    directed downward
    downfield
    toward or in the defending team's end of the playing field
    downward
    on or toward a surface regarded as a base
    fallen
    having dropped by the force of gravity
    set
    being below the horizon
    thrown
    caused to fall to the ground
    weak
    tending downward in price
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  6. adjective
    extending or moving toward a higher place
    “the up staircase”
    synonyms: upward
    ascending
    moving or going or growing upward
  7. adjective
    getting higher or more vigorous
    “its an up market”
    synonyms: improving
    rising
    advancing or becoming higher or greater in degree or value or status
  8. adjective
    open
    “the windows are up
    Synonyms:
    raised
    located or moved above the surround or above the normal position
  9. adjective
    out of bed
    up by seven each morning”
    synonyms: astir
    awake
    not in a state of sleep; completely conscious
  10. verb
    raise
    up the ante”
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    increase
    make bigger or more
  11. adverb
    to a later time
    “they moved the meeting date up
    synonyms: upward, upwards
  12. adjective
    (usually followed by `on' or `for') in readiness
    “he was up on his homework”
    “had to be up for the game”
    Synonyms:
    prepared
    made ready or fit or suitable beforehand
  13. adjective
    (used of computers) operating properly
    “how soon will the computers be up?”
    Synonyms:
    functioning
    performing or able to perform its regular function
  14. adjective
    used up
    “time is up
    Synonyms:
    finished
    ended or brought to an end
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