Definition of change up in English:

change up

British Engage a higher gear in a vehicle or on a bicycle: what you notice with a diesel is the need to change up slightly earlier than in a petrol car
More example sentences
  • It certainly powers nicely through third and fourth gears before changing up to cruise in fifth, but the benefits of all-wheel drive don't really extend to the petrol pumps.
  • Responsive and smooth, what really makes it shine is the logic behind the semi-auto gearstick: forward to change down; backward to change up.
  • Having merged the acts of engaging the clutch and slotting the gear home, this car can change up or down in 100 milliseconds.
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