upon

[ uh-pon, uh-pawn ]
/ əˈpɒn, əˈpɔn /

preposition

up and on; upward so as to get or be on: He climbed upon his horse and rode off.
in an elevated position on: There is a television antenna upon every house in the neighborhood.
in or into complete or approximate contact with, as an attacker or an important or pressing occasion: The enemy was upon us and our soldiers had little time to escape. The Christmas holiday will soon be upon us and we have hardly begun to buy gifts. The time to take action is upon us.
immediately or very soon after: She went into mourning upon her husband's death.
on the occasion of: She was joyful upon seeing her child take his first steps.
on (in any of various senses, used as an equivalent of on with no added idea of ascent or elevation, and preferred in certain cases only for euphonic or metrical reasons): He swore upon his honor as a gentleman.

Origin of upon

1150–1200; Middle English; see up (adv.), on (preposition)

Definition for upon (2 of 2)

Origin of up

before 900; Middle English up(pe) (adv.), Old English up(p) to a higher position, uppe in a higher position; cognate with Old Frisian up, Old Saxon up, Middle Dutch up, op, Old Norse upp; akin to Old High German ūf (> German auf), Gothic iup
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British Dictionary definitions for upon (1 of 3)

upon

/ (əˈpɒn) /

preposition

another word for on
indicating a position reached by going upclimb upon my knee
imminent forthe weekend was upon us again

Word Origin for upon

C13: from up + on

British Dictionary definitions for upon (2 of 3)

Word Origin for up

Old English upp; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse up, Old High German ūf, Gothic iup

usage

The use of up before until is redundant and should be avoided: the talks will continue until (not up until) 23rd March

British Dictionary definitions for upon (3 of 3)

UP


abbreviation for

United Press
Uttar Pradesh
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Idioms and Phrases with upon (1 of 2)

upon


see act on (upon); call on (upon); chance on (upon); come across (upon); come on (upon); count on (upon); dawn on (upon); dwell on (upon); enter on (upon); fall back on (upon); fall on (upon); grow on (upon); hard on (upon); hit on (upon); incumbent upon; light on (upon); once upon a time; pitch on (upon); play on (upon); put upon; seize on (upon); set at (upon); take it upon oneself; wait on (upon); weigh on (upon); work on (upon).

Idioms and Phrases with upon (2 of 2)

up


In addition to the idioms beginning with up

  • up a creek
  • up against
  • up and about
  • up and at 'em
  • up a tree
  • up for grabs
  • up front
  • up in arms
  • up in the air
  • up one's alley
  • up one's sleeve
  • up on something, be
  • ups and downs
  • upside the head
  • up the creek
  • up the river
  • up the wall
  • up to
  • up to a point
  • up to date
  • up to no good
  • up to one's ears
  • up to one's old tricks
  • up to par
  • up yours

also see:

  • act up
  • add up
  • add up to
  • all shook up
  • all up
  • ante up
  • back up
  • ball up
  • bang up
  • bark up the wrong tree
  • bear up
  • beat up
  • beef up
  • bid up
  • blow up
  • bob up
  • bone up
  • boot up
  • bottle up
  • bound up in
  • brace up
  • break up
  • bring up
  • bring up the rear
  • bring up to date
  • brush up
  • buckle up
  • buck up
  • buddy up
  • build up
  • bump up
  • burn up
  • butter up
  • button up
  • buy up
  • call up
  • camp it up
  • card up one's sleeve
  • catch up
  • chalk up
  • charge up
  • chat up
  • cheer up
  • choke up
  • choose up
  • clam up
  • clean up
  • clear up
  • clock up
  • close up
  • cloud over (up)
  • come (up) from behind
  • come up
  • come up against
  • come up roses
  • come up with
  • cook up
  • cough up
  • cover up
  • cozy up
  • cracked up
  • crack up
  • crank up
  • crap up
  • creep up on
  • crop up
  • cross up
  • curl up
  • cut up
  • dead from the neck up
  • dig up
  • doll up
  • double up
  • do up
  • draw up
  • dream up
  • dress up
  • drum up
  • dry up
  • ease off (up)
  • eat out (someone up)
  • eat up
  • end up
  • face up to
  • fed to the gills (up)
  • feel up
  • feel up to
  • figure up
  • fire up
  • fit out (up)
  • fix up
  • fix up with
  • flare up
  • fold up
  • follow up
  • foul up
  • from the ground up
  • fuck up
  • game is up
  • gang up
  • gas up
  • get someone's back up
  • get up
  • get up on the wrong side of bed
  • get up steam
  • give oneself up
  • give up
  • give up the ghost
  • go belly up
  • goof up
  • go up
  • go up in flames
  • grow up
  • gum up
  • ham up
  • hands up
  • hang up
  • hard up
  • haul up
  • have had it (up to here)
  • heads up
  • head up
  • heat up
  • hit up
  • hold one's end up
  • hold one's head high (up)
  • hold up
  • hole up
  • hook up
  • hopped up
  • hurry up and wait
  • hush up
  • jack up
  • jazz up
  • juice up
  • keep it up
  • keep one's chin up
  • keep (someone) up
  • key up
  • kick up
  • kick up a fuss
  • kick up one's heels
  • kiss and make up
  • knock up
  • laid up
  • land in (up)
  • lap up
  • lark it up
  • laugh up one's sleeve
  • lay in (up)
  • lead down (up) the garden path
  • lead up to
  • leg up
  • let up
  • lighten up
  • light up
  • line up
  • live it up
  • live up to
  • lock up
  • look over (up and down)
  • look up
  • louse up
  • make up
  • make up for lost time
  • make up one's mind
  • make up to
  • mark up
  • measure up
  • meet up with
  • mess up
  • mix it up
  • mix up
  • mop up
  • mop up the floor with
  • move up
  • muck up
  • not all it's cracked up to be
  • number's up
  • one up
  • on the up-and-up
  • open up
  • own up
  • pair off (up)
  • pass up
  • patch up
  • pay up
  • pep someone up
  • perk up
  • pick up
  • pick up on
  • pile up
  • pipe up
  • play up
  • play up to
  • pluck up
  • point up
  • pony up
  • pop up
  • prick up one's ears
  • psych up
  • pull oneself up
  • pull up
  • pull up stakes
  • pump up
  • push up daisies
  • put one's feet up
  • put someone up to
  • put up
  • put-up job
  • put up or shut up
  • put up with
  • rack up
  • rake up
  • read up
  • rev up
  • ride up
  • right-side up
  • right up one's alley
  • ring up
  • roll up
  • roll up one's sleeves
  • rough up
  • round up
  • rub up on
  • run (up) against
  • run up
  • rustle up
  • save up for
  • scare up
  • scrape up an acquaintance
  • screw up
  • scrounge around (up)
  • scrub up
  • seal off (up)
  • seize up
  • send up
  • serve up
  • settle up
  • set up
  • set up housekeeping
  • sew up
  • shack up
  • shake up
  • shape up
  • shine up to
  • shoot up
  • shore up
  • shot up
  • show up
  • shut up
  • sign up
  • sit up
  • sit up and take notice
  • size up
  • slip up
  • slow up
  • smell up
  • snap up
  • soak up
  • soften up
  • somebody up there loves me
  • speak out (up)
  • speed up
  • spit up
  • spruce up
  • square up
  • stack up
  • stand up
  • stand up and be counted
  • stand up for
  • stand up to
  • stand up with
  • start up
  • steamed up
  • step up
  • stick up
  • stir up
  • stir up a hornets' nest
  • stop up
  • straighten up
  • straight up
  • string up
  • suck up to
  • suit up
  • sum up
  • take up
  • take up a collection
  • take up arms
  • take up for
  • take up on
  • take up space
  • take up where one left off
  • take up with
  • talk up
  • tank up
  • team up with
  • think up
  • throw up
  • throw up one's hands
  • thumbs up
  • tie up
  • time is up
  • tone down (up)
  • tool up
  • (up) to the hilt
  • touch up
  • trade down (up)
  • trial balloon, send up a
  • trip up
  • trump up
  • tune up
  • turn up
  • turn up one's nose
  • turn up one's toes
  • turn up the heat
  • turn up trumps
  • wait up
  • wake-up call
  • warm up
  • wash up
  • what's cooking (up)
  • what's (up) with
  • whip up
  • whoop it up
  • wind up
  • wise up
  • worked up
  • work one's way (up)
  • work up
  • wrapped up
  • wrap up
  • write up

Also see underupper.

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