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UK [əˈpɒn] / US [əˈpɑn] preposition
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Upon is much more formal than on, but it can be used with the same meanings as the preposition on in the following cases: on/onto an object or surface: It fell upon the ground. supported by a part of your body: She fell down upon her knees. looking at something: She fixed her gaze upon me. happening immediately after: Report to the reception desk immediately upon arrival. affecting someone or something: attacks upon our homes
Upon can also be used instead of on after particular verbs: He congratulated me on/upon my success. They insisted on/upon seeing you.
1) literary on on or onto something

Shadows were flickering upon the studio floor.

He believes we were put upon this earth for a purpose.

2) formal used after some verbs instead of "on" 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) formal immediately after immediately after doing something or after something happens

Barry had joined the army immediately upon leaving school.

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

Christmas is almost upon us again.

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.


English dictionary. 2014.

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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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