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Definition 1: raise - [verb of change]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • up the ante

(up is a kind of ...) make bigger or more

"The boss finally increased her salary" "The university increased the number of students it admitted"

Definition 2: being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(up is similar to ...) directed up

"the cards were face upward" "an upward stroke of the pen"

(up is similar to ...) away from the defending teams' end of the playing field

(up is similar to ...) heading in any direction that is conventionally up

"upbound shipping lanes"

(up is similar to ...) (of growing vegetation) having just emerged from the ground

"the corn is sprouted"

(up is similar to ...) (of e.g. celestial bodies) above the horizon

"the risen sun"

(up is similar to ...) directed toward heaven or the sky

"the soul in its heavenward flight"

(up is similar to ...) in match play a side that stands as many holes ahead as there are holes remaining to be played

"he was dormie three and still lost the match"

(up is similar to ...) (used of an anchor) hanging clear of the bottom

"anchors aweigh"

(up is similar to ...) having the leading position or higher score in a contest

"he is ahead by a pawn" "the leading team in the pennant race"

(means also ...) moving or going or growing upward

"the ascending plane" "the ascending staircase" "the ascending stems of chickweed"

(means also ...) (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')

"a high mountain" "high ceilings" "high buildings" "a high forehead" "a high incline" "a foot high"

Definition 3: spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • look up!
  • the music surged up
  • the fragments flew upwards
  • prices soared upwards
  • upwardly mobile

Synonyms for up in the sense of this definition

Definition 4: to a later time - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they moved the meeting date up
  • from childhood upward

Synonyms for up in the sense of this definition

Definition 5: to a more central or a more northerly place - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • was transferred up to headquarters
  • up to Canada for a vacation

Definition 6: nearer to the speaker - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he walked up and grabbed my lapels

Definition 7: to a higher intensity - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he turned up the volume

Definition 8: extending or moving toward a higher place - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the up staircase
  • a general upward movement of fish

Synonyms for up in the sense of this definition

(up is similar to ...) moving or going or growing upward

"the ascending plane" "the ascending staircase" "the ascending stems of chickweed"

Definition 9: out of bed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • are they astir yet?
  • up by seven each morning

Synonyms for up in the sense of this definition

(up is similar to ...) not in a state of sleep; completely conscious

"lay awake thinking about his new job" "still not fully awake"

Definition 10: used up - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • time is up

(up is similar to ...) ended or brought to an end

"are you finished?" "gave me the finished manuscript"

Definition 11: (used of computers) operating properly - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • how soon will the computers be up?

(up is similar to ...) performing or able to perform its regular function

"a functioning flashlight"

(up belongs to category ...) a machine for performing calculations automatically

Definition 12: (usually followed by `on' or `for') in readiness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was up on his homework
  • had to be up for the game

(up is similar to ...) made ready or fit or suitable beforehand

"a prepared statement" "be prepared for emergencies"

Definition 13: open - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the windows are up

(up is similar to ...) located or moved above the surround or above the normal position

"a raised design" "raised eyebrows"

Definition 14: getting higher or more vigorous - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • its an up market
  • an improving economy

Synonyms for up in the sense of this definition

(up is similar to ...) advancing or becoming higher or greater in degree or value or status

"a rising trend" "a rising market"

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