Definitions For Upon


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{{en-adv, -}} Being the target of an action. : He was set upon by the agitated dogs


{{en-prep}} Physically above and in contact with. : {{ux, en, Place the book upon the table.}} Physically directly supported by. : {{ux, en, The crew set sail upon the sea.}} : {{ux, en, She balanced upon one foot.}} Being followed by another so as to form a series. : {{ux, en, hours upon hours, years upon years, mile upon mile of desert}} At (a prescribed point in time). : {{ux, en, The contract was rendered void upon his death.}} on#preposition, on.

Usage notes

A somewhat elevated word, upon is common in poetic or legal contexts, but the simpler, more general term on is generally interchangeable, and more common in casual American speech.


all senses on time at


Arabic: عَلَى Armenian: {{qualifier, genitive +}} վրա, sc=Armn Czech: na Dutch: op Esperanto: sur French: sur German: auf Greek: : Ancient Greek: ἐπί (+ gen.) Hebrew: על גבי (ál gabéi-, sc=Hebr) Hungarian: -on, -en, -ön, -ra, -re Korean: 에, 의 위에 Norwegian: oppå Pashto: پر, tr=për, sc=ps-Arab, باندې, tr=bânde, sc=ps-Arab Polish: ponad, na Portuguese: sobre, em Russian: на Scottish Gaelic: air Spanish: sobre Swedish: uppå Ukrainian: на Walloon: so, dissu Czech: na Dutch: op French: sur German: auf Norwegian: på Pashto: پر, tr=për, sc=ps-Arab, باندې, tr=bânde, sc=ps-Arab Polish: na Portuguese: sobre, em Russian: на, по Scottish Gaelic: air Spanish: sobre, en Ukrainian: на, по Czech: (uses the genitive or instrumental case) Dutch: bij, op het moment van, (also op het moment dat, but this needs a verb etc.) French: à German: mit Greek: με, sc=Grek Norwegian: ved Pashto: پر, tr=për, sc=ps-Arab, باندې, tr=bânde, sc=ps-Arab Russian: по́сле, по, в Scottish Gaelic: air Spanish: tras Ukrainian: після {{checktrans-top}} Ancient Greek: {{t-check, grc, ἐπί, sc=polytonic}} German: {{t+check, de, auf}} (1), {{t+check, de, von}} (2), {{t+check, de, seit}} (3) Ido: {{t+check, io, adsur}} Norwegian: {{t+check, no, oppå}}, {{t+check, no, på}}

Alternative forms

vpon (obsolete)


from {{inh + en + enm + upon}}, {{m + enm + uppon}}, {{m + enm + uppen}}, from {{inh + en + ang + upon}}, {{m + ang + uppon}}, {{m + ang + uppan + + on, upon, up to, against, after, in addition to}}, equivalent to up + t1=adverb + on + t2=preposition. cognate with {{cog + is + upp}} {{m + is + á}}, {{m + is + upp á + + up on, upon}}, {{cog + sv + + + up on, upon}}, {{cog + da + + + up on, upon}}, {{cog + no + + + up on, upon}}.

Derived terms

hereupon thereupon whereupon once upon a time



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Is Upon a Scrabble Word?

Words With Friends YES
Scrabble US YES
Scrabble UK YES
English International (SOWPODS) YES
Scrabble Global YES
Enable1 Dictionary YES

Points in Different Games

Words with Friends

The word Upon is worth 6 points in Scrabble and 9 points in Words with Friends

Examples of Upon in a Sentence

  • He carefully placed the vase upon the table.
  • They built their city upon a cliff overlooking the sea.
  • She was seated upon a throne.

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