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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygo up
he/she/itgoes up
present participlegoing up
past tensewent up
past participlegone up
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  1. 1
    to increase
    We’d like to see the baby’s weight going steadily up.
    The price of oil has gone up by over 50 percent in less than a year.
  2. 2
    to be built
    A new office building is going up on State Street.
  3. 3
    if something such as a notice or sign goes up somewhere, it is put in a place where people can see it
    Posters for the show are going up all over town.
  4. 4
    to start burning quickly or explode
    The whole building went up in just a few minutes.
    go up in flames: From the air, it looked as if the entire city was going up in flames.
  5. 5
    to travel toward the north
    Max goes up to Canada to fish every summer.
    1. a.
      British to travel to a place that is larger or more important than the place that you are leaving
      Let’s go up to London next week.
  6. 6
    if a noise goes up from a group of people, they all start to make it
    go up from: A cheer went up from the crowd.
  7. 7
    to be long or tall enough to reach a particular higher point or level
    go up to: The fire escape went up only to the second floor.
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