Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

up to something - definition and synonyms

Close
What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close
ThesaurusThesaurus
Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrase
  1. 1
    used for saying the most that an amount can be, or what level it can reach

    Some dinosaurs were up to twenty-seven metres long.

    Children are forced to work up to 19 hours a day, 7 days a week in the factories.

    We can guarantee 90 per cent of a bank loan up to £155,000.

  2. 3
    doing something wrong or secret

    When he’s quiet like this, I know he’s up to something.

    I wondered what my daughter was really up to.

    be up to no good:

    I don’t know what they’re doing but I’m sure they’re up to no good.

  3. 4
    well enough, strong enough, or good enough to do something

    She’s supposed to leave the hospital tomorrow, but I don’t think she’s up to it.

    He’s not really up to the job.

    up to doing something:

    I don’t think I’m up to doing a ten-mile walk.

See also main entry: up
BuzzWord

moonbow

a rainbow produced when water droplets in the air reflect light from the moon rather than the sun

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

platform capitalism

a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play