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Definition of up verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they up
    he / she / it ups
    past simple upped
    -ing form upping
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  1. 1[intransitive] up and… (informal or humorous) to suddenly move or do something unexpected He up and left without telling anyone.
  2. 2[transitive] up something to increase the price or amount of something synonym raise The buyers upped their offer by $1,000.
  3. Idioms
    raise/up the ante
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    to increase the level of something, especially demands or sums of money His ex-wife has upped the ante in her alimony suit against him.
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