Did you know?

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

upright - 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

Thesaurus

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
adverb upright pronunciation in British English /ˈʌpraɪt/
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  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.

nanodegree

a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

hypocaust

an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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