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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈʌpraɪt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈʌpˌraɪt, ʌpˈraɪt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(uprīt′, up rīt)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
up•right /ˈʌpˌraɪt, ʌpˈraɪt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. straight, erect, or vertical, as in position or posture:upright posture.
  2. raised or made vertically:[before a noun]an upright vacuum cleaner.
  3. being fair, right, honest, or just:an upright citizen.

n. [countable]
  1. something standing straight up, as a piece of timber.
  2. SportUsually,  uprights. [plural] goalposts, as on a football field.
  3. Music and Dancean object designed to stand upright:The piano is an upright.

adv. 
  1. in an upright position or direction.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
up•right  (uprīt′, up rīt),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. erect or vertical, as in position or posture.
  2. raised or directed vertically or upward.
  3. adhering to rectitude;
    righteous, honest, or just:an upright person.
  4. being in accord with what is right:upright dealings.

n. 
  1. the state of being upright or vertical.
  2. something standing erect or vertical, as a piece of timber.
  3. Music and Dancean upright piano.
  4. SportUsually,  uprights. [Chiefly Football.]the goalposts.

adv. 
  1. in an upright position or direction;
    vertically.

v.t. 
  1. to make upright.
upright′ly, adv. 
upright′ness, n. 
  • Middle English, Old English upriht (cognate with German aufrecht). See up, right bef. 900
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged plumb.
      Upright, erect, vertical, perpendicular imply that something is in the posture of being straight upward, not leaning. That which is
      upright is in a position corresponding to that of a person standing up:a decaying tree no longer standing upright; an upright piano.Erect emphasizes the straightness of position or posture:proud and erect; A flagpole stands erect.Vertical suggests upward direction, esp. along the shortest line from the earth to a level above it:the vertical edge of a door; ornamented by vertical lines.Perpendicular, a term frequently interchangeable with
      vertical, is used esp. in mathematics:the perpendicular side of a right triangle; to erect a perpendicular line from the base of a figure.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged honorable.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pole, prop, pier, pile, column.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged leaning, horizontal.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
upright /ˈʌpˌraɪt/ adj
  1. vertical or erect
  2. honest, honourable, or just
n
  1. a vertical support, such as a stake or post
  2. short for upright piano
  3. the state of being vertical

ˈupˌrightly adv ˈupˌrightness n
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Collocations: an upright [container, piano, freezer, unit, vacuum cleaner], was [sitting, standing, walking] upright, [told, asked] her to [sit] upright, more...

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