up to something - definition and synonyms

  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