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Pronunciation: /ʌp/

Translation of up in Spanish:


up often appears as the second element of certain verb structures in English ( back up, pick up, sit up, etc). For translations, see the relevant verb entry ( back, pick, sit, etc).

  • 1 1.1 (in upward direction) up a bit … left a bit un poco más arriba … un poco a la izquierda to go up and up subir más y más we went all the way up to the top subimos hasta la cima it looks a long way up parece una subida larga is there an easier way up? ¿hay algún modo más fácil de subir? we saw them on the way up los vimos cuando subíamos the climb/distance/path up to the hilltop el ascenso/la distancia/el camino hasta la cima de la colina I'll give you a lift up te llevo hasta arriba from the waist/neck up desde la cintura/el cuello para arriba face up boca arriba put it right side up ponlo con el derecho para arriba up United! (British English/inglés británico) ¡arriba el United! 1.2 (upstairs) I dashed back up to fetch my jacket volví a subir corriendo a buscar mi chaqueta shall we take the escalator up? ¿subimos por la escalera mecánica?
  • 2 2.1 (of position) arriba your book is up in my room tu libro está arriba en mi habitación up here/there aquí/allí arriba 1,000ft up a una altura de 1.000 pies before the sun was up antes de que saliera el sol 2.2 (upstairs, on upper floor) I'll be up in a minute subiré en un minuto 2.3 (raised, pointing upward) with the lid/blinds up con la tapa levantada/las persianas levantadas or subidas 2.4 (removed) I had the carpet up había quitado or levantado la alfombra the road is up (British English/inglés británico) han levantado la calle, la calle está levantada
    Example sentences
    • Tell us what it is like to be up on that podium with that crowd just going wild and cheering for you?
    • She put the phone back up to her ear.
    • It was a really fantastic feeling to be up on the podium.
  • 3 3.1 (upright) help me up! ¡ayúdame a levantarme! she's up again and running well ya está otra vez en pie y corriendo bien 3.2 (out of bed) they're not up yet todavía no se han levantado don't let me keep you up no te quedes levantado por mí we were up all night pasamos la noche en vela I'm glad to see her up and about again me alegra verla recuperada I've been up and about since five thirty estoy en pie desde las cinco y media I can't lie in bed, I have to be up and doing [colloquial/familiar] no me puedo quedar en la cama, tengo que levantarme y ponerme en movimiento
  • 4 4.1 (of numbers, volume, intensity) she had the volume up high tenía el volumen muy alto with the volume right up con el volumen al máximo his blood pressure is up again le ha vuelto a subir la tensión prices are 5% up o up (by) 5% on last month los precios han aumentado un 5% con respecto al mes pasado from $25/the age of 11 up a partir de 25 dólares/de los 11 años 4.2 (in league, table, hierarchy) up ten places from last year diez puestos más arriba que el año pasado it's a step up for me para mí es un paso adelante from the rank of lieutenant up desde el rango de teniente para arriba
  • 5 5.1 (in or toward north) in the cities up north en las ciudades del norte the journey up from Munich el viaje desde Munich hacia el norte the climate up in the north/in Alberta el clima en el norte/en Alberta 5.2 (at or to another place) the path up to the house el sendero hasta la casa I'm going up to John's for the weekend voy a casa de John a pasar el fin de semana 5.3 (in or toward major center) (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) to go up to town ir* a la ciudad ( or a Londres etc) I met her up in town yesterday me la encontré ayer en la ciudad ( or en Londres etc) 5.4 (at or to university) (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) to go up to/be up at Oxford ir* a estudiar/estar* estudiando en Oxford
  • 6 6.1 (in position, erected) there's a barrier up hay una barrera, han puesto una barrera is the tent up? ¿ya han armado la tienda or (Latin America/América Latina) la carpa? the pictures/shelves are up los cuadros/estantes están colocados or puestos 6.2 (inflated) inflado
    Example sentences
    • The scheduled repairs are essential and it will take 14 days of intensive work to get it up to the required standard.
    • It's going to take at least a year, though, to get it up and going.
    • He said a few years ago the residents repaired the road and got it up to standard.
  • 8 (finished) your time is up se te ha acabado el tiempo it's all up with him/us if this leaks out, it'll be all up with him como esto trascienda, está arreglado [colloquial/familiar]
  • 9 [Sport/Deporte] 9.1 (ahead in competition) they're three goals up on the home team le van ganando por tres goles al equipo local to be one up on sb tener* una ventaja sobre algn this put him one up on his rivals esto le dio una ventaja sobre sus rivales 9.2 (American English/inglés norteamericano) (for each side) the game was tied 15 up empataron 15 a 15
  • 10 (under consideration) she will be up before the board/judge comparecerá ante la junta/el juez her case will be up before the board/judge su caso se verá en la junta/lo verá el juez
  • 11 (in cards) two pairs, aces up doble pareja: de ases y jotas ( or reyes etc)
  • 12up against 12.1 (next to) contra 12.2 (confronted by) to come up against a powerful enemy enfrentarse a un enemigo poderoso you don't know what you're up against no sabes a lo que te enfrentas to be up against it estar* contra las cuerdas
    Example sentences
    • He was talking with his client outside the courtroom when a witness rushed up and attacked his client.
    • He was on his own at a table eating when two guys went up to him.
    • A moment later Nikki and Sandra drove up in a van, followed by Pete in his car.
  • 13up and down 13.1 (vertically) to jump up and down dar* saltos the piston travels up and down 15 times a second el pistón sube y baja 15 veces por segundo to look sb up and down mirar a algn de arriba abajo to swear up and down (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] jurar por lo más sagrado 13.2 (back and forth) de arriba abajo 13.3 (of mood) she's been rather up and down ha tenido bastantes altibajos de humor
  • 14up for (subject to) to be up for sth (to be due for) the motion up for debate today la moción que sale hoy a debate or se debate hoy there are five nominees up for treasurer hay cinco candidatos a tesorero she is up for trial next month será procesada el mes que viene [colloquial/familiar], (to be ready for) apuntarse I'm up for just about anything me apunto a casi todo, soy pierna para casi todo (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar] voy a casi todas las paradas (Chile) [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • They went up north for the day, to Duluth, probably to see Lake Superior.
    • On Friday, Jimmy and I are driving up to Yorkshire to attend a wedding.
    • I was supposed to be up on the East coast somewhere, probably getting over the gig in Whakatane last night.
  • 15up on/in (knowledgeable) (predicative/predicativo) how well up are you on what's been happening? ¿cuánto sabes or qué tan enterado estás de lo que ha estado sucediendo? she used to be up on current affairs antes estaba al tanto or al corriente de los temas de actualidad we want to see how well up he is in company law queremos ver cuánto sabe de derecho empresarial
  • 16up till o until hasta up until 12 o'clock/the 20th century hasta las 12/el siglo xx
  • 17up to 17.1 (as far as) hasta up to the ceiling/edge hasta el techo/el borde the water was already up to his chest el agua ya le llegaba al pecho up to here/now/a certain point hasta aquí/ahora/cierto punto up to and including page 37 hasta la página 37 inclusive 17.2 (as many as, as much as) hasta up to 20 days/twice as big hasta 20 días/el doble de grande
    Example sentences
    • The 2005 RAC Report on Motoring, launched today, reveals the number breaking the limit is up almost 10 per cent on a year ago.
    • Company cars are set to be taxed differently from April 2002 but the tax trend is up.
    • Revenue may be up on short-haul flights for the first time in a long time, but BA knows it can never transform itself into a low-frills carrier.
    17.3 (equal to) it isn't up to the standard we have come to expect of you no es del alto nivel al que nos tienes acostumbrados come up to 2 17.4 (capable of) she's not up to the job no tiene las condiciones necesarias para el trabajo, no puede con el trabajo [colloquial/familiar] I don't feel I'm up to taking over the business no me siento capaz de hacerme cargo del negocio do you feel up to going out? ¿te sientes con fuerzas/ánimos (como) para salir? I'm not up to much nowadays ya no estoy para muchos trotes [colloquial/familiar] his performance/my spelling is not up to much (British English/inglés británico) su actuación/mi ortografía deja bastante que desear or [colloquial/familiar] no es gran cosa 17.5 (depending on) that's entirely up to you eso, como tú quieras if it were up to me, they'd all be fired si dependiera de mí or si por mí fuera, los echaba a todos how you go about it is up to you cómo lo hagas es cosa tuya or asunto tuyo it's up to them to make the next move les corresponde or les toca a ellos dar el próximo paso it's not up to me to decide no me corresponde a mí decidir, no soy yo quien tiene que decidir the choice of color was left up to me la elección del color quedó a mi criterio or a criterio mío, dejaron que yo eligiera el color 17.6to be up to sth [colloquial/familiar] I wonder what she's up to in there me pregunto qué estará haciendo allí metida they're up to their usual tricks están haciendo de las suyas I'm sure they're up to something (planning) estoy segura de que algo están tramando or algo se traen entre manos (doing) estoy segura de que algo ( or alguna travesura etc) están haciendo she's up to no good no anda en nada bueno what have you been up to lately? ¿en qué has andado últimamente? the things we used to get up to when we were kids las travesuras que hacíamos cuando éramos chicos or (Spain/España) pequeños
    Example sentences
    • I went past the station taxi rank yesterday and I couldn't get near it so I went up to town and it was the same story.
    • You're supposed to be up at the house fixing my phone.
    • We strolled up to Argyll Street and had lunch at Garfunkels.


  • 1 1.1 (in upward direction) to go up the stairs/hill subir la escalera/colina he hid the money up the chimney escondió el dinero en la chimenea he kept running up and down the stairs subía y bajaba la escalera corriendo up yours! [vulgar] ¡vete or (Chile) (Colombia) ándate or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) andá a la mierda! [vulgar] 1.2 (at higher level) she stopped halfway up the stairs se detuvo en la mitad de la escalera 50m up the cliff a 50m del pie del acantilado 1.3 (on scale) to move up the league subir en la liga to move up the ranks ascender* further up the salary scale más arriba en el escalafón
  • 2 2.1 (along) to go/come up the river ir*/venir* por el río the journey up the coast el viaje a lo largo de la costa he travels up and down the country viaja por todo el país she walked up and down the room iba de un lado a otro de la habitación 2.2 (further along) the farm is just up the road la granja queda un poco más allá or adelante 20 miles up the road a 20 millas siguiendo la carretera we put in up the coast for supplies hicimos escala más adelante para aprovisionarnos 2.3 (to, in) (British English/inglés británico) [dialect] he's gone up the shop ha ido a la tienda


  • 1 (before noun/delante del nombre) 1.1 (going upward) the up escalator la escalera mecánica para subir 1.2 (to London) (British English/inglés británico) the up train el tren para Londres
  • 2 (elated) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] (predicative/predicativo) I feel really up at the moment me siento como en las nubes

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-pp-)

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (-pp-)

  • to up and go/and run agarrar or (especially Spain/especialmente España) coger* e irse*/y echar(se) a correr


  • on the up (British English/inglés británico) en aumento gun-related violence is on the up (British English/inglés británico) la violencia relacionada con armas de fuego está en aumento to be on the up and up (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] (honest) [businessman/salesperson] ser* de buena ley, ser* de fiar (British English/inglés británico) (succeeding) [business/company] estar* en alza, marchar or ir* cada vez mejor ups and downs vicisitudes (feminine plural) life's little ups and downs las vicisitudes de la vida their business/marriage has had its ups and downs su negocio/matrimonio ha tenido sus altibajos

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