a combining form of up: upland; upshot; upheaval.

Origin of up-

Middle English; Old English
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British Dictionary definitions for up-



up, upper, or upwardsuproot; upmost; upthrust; upgrade; uplift
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Word Origin and History for up-


prefix with various senses, from Old English up (see up (adv.)), corresponding to similar prefixes in other Germanic languages.

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