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adjective [only before noun] upper pronunciation in British English /ˈʌpə(r)/
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  1. 1
    higher than something else, especially one of two things that are a pair
    He had a scar on his upper lip.
    You’ll be able to see more if you sit on the upper deck of the bus.
  2. 2
    near the top, or at the top, of something
    There is already some snow on the upper slopes.
    He’s got to build up his upper-body strength.
    upper limit (=the highest level or amount allowed): There’s no upper limit on the number of competitors in the race.
  3. 3
    higher in status or rank
    the upper ranks of the army
    the upper echelons (of something) (=people of high status within an organization): the upper echelons of the Conservative Party
  4. 4
    to the north
    New York’s Upper East Side
  5. 5
    away from the coast
    the upper reaches (=parts) of the Zambezi



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