- 1[intransitive] up and… (informal or humorous) to suddenly move or do something unexpected He upped and left without telling anyone.
- 2[transitive] up something to increase the price or amount of something synonym raise The buyers upped their offer by £1 000. 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.
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//
(informal) to suddenly move from your house and go to live somewhere else He upped sticks and went back to France.