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American English: /əp/
British English: /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)
    ¡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) 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
    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.
    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)
    han levantado la calle
    la calle está levantada
  • 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]
    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 or 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) (esp British)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) (esp British)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) la carpa?
    the pictures/shelves are up
    los cuadros/estantes están colocados or puestos
    6.2 (inflated)
    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.
  • 7 (going on) [colloquial]what's up with you?
    ¿a ti qué te pasa?
    there's something up with the engine
    al motor le pasa algo
    what's up?
    (what's the matter?) ¿qué pasa?
    (as greeting) (US)
    ¿qué hay? [colloquial]
    ¿qué onda? (Latin America) [slang]
    ¿qué hubo? (Andes) (Mexico) (Venezuela) [colloquial]
    ¿quiubo? (Chile) (Mexico) [colloquial]
    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.
    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.
  • 8 (finished) your time is up
    se te ha acabado el tiempo
    it's all up with him/usif this leaks out, it'll be all up with him
    como esto trascienda, está arreglado [colloquial]
  • 9 (Sport) 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 somebody
    tener una ventaja sobre alguien
    this put him one up on his rivals
    esto le dio una ventaja sobre sus rivales
    Example sentences
    • Louth got back on top and four unanswered points put them two up with ten minutes to go.
    • At 14% the party is up a massive nine points since 1999 and looks like winning seats on all four Dublin councils.
    • It's now one of the top 20 companies on the Australian Stock Exchange and its share price has gone up by over 70%.
    9.2 (US) (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)
    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.
    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
  • 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 somebody up and down
    mirar a alguien de arriba abajo
    to swear up and down (US) [colloquial]
    jurar por lo más sagrado
    13.2 (back and forth) 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 something (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] (to be ready for)
    I'm up for just about anything
    me apunto a casi todo
    soy pierna para casi todo (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
    voy a casi todas las paradas (Chile) [colloquial]
  • 15up on/in (knowledgeable) (predicative) 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 or until up until 12 o'clock/the 20th century
    hasta las 12/el siglo xx
  • 17up to 17.1 (as far as) 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) 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]
    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]
    his performance/my spelling is not up to much (British)
    su actuación/mi ortografía deja bastante que desear
    su actuación/mi ortografía no es gran cosa [colloquial]
    17.5 (depending on) that's entirely up to you 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 something [colloquial]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) pequeños


  • 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 (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 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) [dialect]he's gone up the shop
    ha ido a la tienda


  • 1 (before noun) 1.1 (going upward) the up escalator
    la escalera mecánica para subir
    1.2 (to London) (British) the up train
    el tren para Londres
  • 2 (elated) (US) [colloquial] (predicative) I feel really up at the moment
    me siento como en las nubes

transitive verb present participle upping past tense, past participle upped

  • [colloquial]
    to up stakes or (British) sticks
    liar el petate [colloquial]
    they upped stakes and moved to the city
    liaron el petate y se mudaron a la ciudad [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • I think it's time to go back to the doctors and get the meds changed / upped.
    • My big achievement for the day was talking to my new account exec at iPowerWeb and getting my storage space upped to 3gb.
    • The offer - since shamefacedly upped to $35 million - equates to what?

intransitive verb present participle upping past tense, past participle upped

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


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