upon

up|on [ ə`pan ] preposition ***
1. ) on LITERARY on or onto something:
Shadows were flickering upon the studio floor.
He believes we were put upon this earth for a purpose.
2. ) used after some verbs instead of on FORMAL used after some verbs with the same meaning as on :
A police patrol happened upon a robbery in a bank yesterday.
They draw upon their experience to educate and guide new companies.
My whole future depended upon the decision of this one manager.
3. ) immediately after FORMAL immediately after doing something or after something happens:
His first act upon taking office was to repeal the luxury tax.
Upon his release, Davis went immediately to his mother's.
4. ) happening soon if an event or time is upon you, it is going to happen very soon:
The fall TV season is upon us.
5. ) used for emphasizing an amount used between two nouns that are the same for emphasizing that there is a large number of the thing that you are mentioning:
I've written to you, year upon year, and never heard from you.
We drove across mile upon mile of wide-open space.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Upon — Up*on , prep.[AS. uppan, uppon; upp up + on, an, on. See {Up}, and {On}.] On; used in all the senses of that word, with which it is interchangeable. Upon an hill of flowers. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Our host upon his stirrups stood anon. Chaucer.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • upon — I. preposition Date: 12th century on II. adverb Date: 13th century 1. obsolete on the surface ; on it 2. obsolete thereafter, thereon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Upon — …   Wikipedia

  • Upon the Dull Earth — is a science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick. First published in November 1954 in Beyond Fantasy Fiction.PlotBy offering up the blood of a lamb, Silvia, the protagonist of Upon the Dull Earth , is able to summon creatures she identifies as… …   Wikipedia

  • Upon the matter — Matter Mat ter, n. [OE. matere, F. mati[ e]re, fr. L. materia; perh. akin to L. mater mother. Cf. {Mother}, {Madeira}, {Material}.] 1. That of which anything is composed; constituent substance; material; the material or substantial part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upon the whole matter — Matter Mat ter, n. [OE. matere, F. mati[ e]re, fr. L. materia; perh. akin to L. mater mother. Cf. {Mother}, {Madeira}, {Material}.] 1. That of which anything is composed; constituent substance; material; the material or substantial part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upon the square — Square Square (skw[^a]r), n. [OF. esquarre, esquierre, F. [ e]querre a carpenter s square (cf. It. squadra), fr. (assumed) LL. exquadrare to make square; L. ex + quadrus a square, fr. quattuor four. See {Four}, and cf. {Quadrant}, {Squad},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upon the square with — Square Square (skw[^a]r), n. [OF. esquarre, esquierre, F. [ e]querre a carpenter s square (cf. It. squadra), fr. (assumed) LL. exquadrare to make square; L. ex + quadrus a square, fr. quattuor four. See {Four}, and cf. {Quadrant}, {Squad},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upon the gad — Gad Gad, n. [OE. gad, Icel. gaddr goad, sting; akin to Sw. gadd sting, Goth. gazds, G. gerte switch. See {Yard} a measure.] 1. The point of a spear, or an arrowhead. [1913 Webster] 2. A pointed or wedge shaped instrument of metal, as a steel… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upon the spot — Spot Spot (sp[o^]t), n. [Cf. Scot. & D. spat, Dan. spette, Sw. spott spittle, slaver; from the root of E. spit. See {Spit} to eject from the mouth, and cf. {Spatter}.] 1. A mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a blot; a place… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upon the strength of — Strength Strength, n. [OE. strengthe, AS. streng[eth]u, fr. strang strong. See {Strong}.] 1. The quality or state of being strong; ability to do or to bear; capacity for exertion or endurance, whether physical, intellectual, or moral; force;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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