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Since when is up an adjective?? I agree the described uses are adjectival, but it remains a preposition in all those cases, if you ask me. Similar with the noun case. henne 11:25, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

I didn’t check all the examples very closely, but up is definitely an adjective in some of its senses. Some examples of up as an adjective: Riding the up elevator; I’m not up on current events; Your time is up; The jig is up; What’s up?; Are you up for a job?; The railroad crossing gate is up; I’m going to put my tent up before dark; The flower seed I planted last month is already up and about to bloom; Can’t you get your kite up?; The sun is up; I was up all night with a bad cold; and so on. The word up is (1) an adverb; (2) a preposition; (3) an adjective; (4) a noun; and (5) a verb. —Stephen 15:07, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

The Spanish word for up is arriba. Although their are many Spanish words for up this is the one that came up first. --Stardust 13:00, 5 April 2008 (UTC)

What's up?[edit]

I think there may be another (adjectival?) sense of "happening", as in "What's up?", "I knew that something must be up". It only occurs in certain phrases, though. —This comment was unsigned.

Possibly so. It is an extension of the "next in sequence" sense, but seems to be different. Thanks. DCDuring TALK 01:08, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

idiomatic usage[edit]

UP is one of those awesome English words that have an extrremely rich set of associated idiomatic phrases and usages, many/most of which where once listed on the UP page, and have since been removed. Why? Surely one of the more important functions of a dictionary is to catalog such (delightful) richness of a language. May we not restore an idioms section for UP? Frankatca 13:39, 31 May 2009 (UTC)

I concur. For example, "She up and quit." —This comment was unsigned.

Thanks for the comments. I don't normally delete anything without a really good reason and would never delete from up any related, derived, or "see also" terms that had "up" in them. The terms you remember are probably parceled out by part of speech (mostly adjective and adverb in this case) and put them under the "Derived terms" "show/hide" bar. I am distressed that you did not find them there. Some folks have warned me that people aren't used to the show/hides from other most other websites (but Wikipedia has them, too).
We seem to be missing the "up and Xed" expression which I am not sure exactly how to add it. It's a grammatically odd expression. DCDuring TALK 23:01, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
See up and leave. DCDuring TALK 23:06, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
See up and, which behaves in one type of usage as if it were an adverb. DCDuring TALK 01:35, 12 July 2009 (UTC)
See also up#Verb 3rd sense, with "and". DCDuring TALK 01:42, 12 July 2009 (UTC)

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Took the first step by adding links for all these phrasal verbs that belong in Derived terms, and whose defs belong on different pages. 16:48, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

Working it down. Five requested entries. ~20 definitions from DTs incorporated into or checked against DT headword entries. DCDuring TALK 00:38, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
Finished def check. merged DTs. split DTs by PoS. moved DTs to PoS. DONE. DCDuring TALK 08:00, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

As Expletive[edit]

What about the use of "up" in association with transitive and intransitive verbs where it takes the form of either an adverb or a preposition (hard to tell), but adds nothing to the meaning, hence is an expletive? "Wait up." "Slow up." (Synonymous with "slow down"!) "They stirred up the natives." "Scramble up some eggs." I don't see this covered anywhere in the entry.

Sometimes its function seems to be to lengthen a sentence that otherwise might seem too short to be proper, as in the 1-word imperatives. In other cases it seems to stand for an object's arriving at some condition, but one that is already given by the verb. But if there's any difference in the meaning of the sentence without the "up", it's very, very subtle. Unlike other expletives, I don't think its function is as a phantom entity, as the subject in "It is raining." It's certainly not of the Nixon Oval Office tapes kind of "expletive"! But it formally seems to have to be either an expletive, an adverb, or a preposition when used this way. 20:34, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

Up could be considered an aspect marker (See w:Grammatical aspect and w:Lexical aspect), indicating completion. "Wait up", in one sense, as a command, is a request that a person not merely wait, but wait until the speaker catches up (another example !) with the requestee. There are other senses of wait up: "Don't wait up. I don't know when I'll be home." DCDuring TALK 13:08, 22 March 2013 (UTC)


I say that it is comparable. You say down is so this must be as well. He is higher up than you or he is further/farther up is correct isn't it?Jonteemil (talk) 23:34, 2 October 2017 (UTC)

Which meaning[edit]

Hello, I'm totally lost. Which word + meaning is up in sentence like With 2:22 left in the first, the Blazers were up, 21-19.? Thank you. --Zvolte si prosím jiné jméno (talk) 10:19, 31 March 2018 (UTC)

It's an adjective. It means they were ahead, winning, or leading (in this case by two points). Equinox 14:12, 31 March 2018 (UTC)
I understand what it means. My question was rather about which of the many meanings listed in the entry page it belongs to. If it is adjective, is it meaning nr. 8? Larger, greater in quantity? Blazers were larger/greater in quantity? It doesn't sound quite right. Isn't maybe some other meaning which is not yet listed? --Zvolte si prosím jiné jméno (talk) 09:45, 1 April 2018 (UTC)
Well, more or less that. I've added a second sense underneath to clarify. Equinox 15:00, 1 April 2018 (UTC)