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Definition of up verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    up

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ʌp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they up
    BrE BrE//ʌp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌp//
     
    he / she / it ups
    BrE BrE//ʌps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌps//
     
    past simple upped
    BrE BrE//ʌpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌpt//
     
    past participle upped
    BrE BrE//ʌpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌpt//
     
    -ing form upping
    BrE BrE//ˈʌpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] up and… (informal or humorous) to suddenly move or do something unexpected He upped 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. Word Origin Old English up(p), uppe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch op and German auf.Idioms 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.
    up sticks (British English) (North American English pull up stakes)
     
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    (informal) to suddenly move from your house and go to live somewhere else He upped sticks and went back to France.
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