upright - definition and synonyms


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  1. sitting or standing with a straight back

    The dog was sitting upright on its hind legs.

    sit/stand bolt upright (=suddenly sit or stand very straight):

    Jenny sat bolt upright when she heard the noise.

    pull/draw yourself upright (=stand or sit up straight):

    Farrell drew himself upright and shook hands with us.

    1. a.
      in or into a straight standing position

      Pictures were propped upright against all the walls.

    2. b.
      in or into a steady correct position

      We struggled to keep the boat upright.