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  • IPA: / ə' pɒn /
  • Hyphenation: up·on
  • Rhymes: -ɒn


Early Middle English; compound word: up adverb + on preposition


  1. Being above and in contact with another.
    Place the book upon the table.
  2. Being directly supported by another.
    The crew set sail upon the sea.
    She balanced upon one foot.
  3. At a prescribed point in time.
    The contract was rendered void upon his death.


being above and in contact with another
  • Dutch: op
being directly supported by another
  • Dutch: op
at a prescribed point in time


  1. Being the target of an action.
    He was set upon by the agitated dogs
  2. Incidental to a specified point in time or order of action; usually combined with here-, there- or where-.
    The clock struck noon, whereupon the students proceeded to lunch.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

about, above, after which, against, anent, apropos of, as for, as regards, as respects, as to, atop, by, by dint of, by means of, by use of, by virtue of, by way of, concerning, en route to, headed for, hereby, hereinafter, herewith, in connection with, in contact with, in passage to, in point of, in re, in reference to, in regard to, in relation to, in relation with, in respect to, in transit to, in virtue of, of, on, on route to, on top of, opposite, over, over against, per, pertaining to, pertinent to, re, referring to, regarding, relating to, relative to, respecting, speaking of, thanks to, thereby, therewith, through, to, touching, toward, towards, up, up against, upon which, versus, vis-a-vis, whereat, whereby, wherefore, whereon, whereto, whereunto, whereupon, wherewith, wherewithal, with, with regard to, with respect to
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