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Definition of "upright" []

  • Being in a vertical position or direction: an upright post. See Synonyms at vertical. (adjective)
  • Erect in posture or carriage: "She sat with grim determination, upright as a darning needle stuck in a board” ( Harriet Beecher Stowe). (adjective)
  • Adhering strictly to moral principles; righteous. (adjective)
  • Vertically: walk upright. (adverb)
  • A perpendicular position; verticality. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "upright" in a sentence
  • "Mr. Woods was raised by his mother in what he calls an "upright Southern Baptist" environment in Manchester, Ga."
  • "The prayer of the upright is as much his delight as ever it was, and the promises which are pleaded and put in suit in prayer are still yea and amen, inviolably sure."
  • "Therefore the prayer of the upright is his delight, because he is a friend of God, and he loves him who, though he have not yet attained, is following after righteousness, aiming at it and pressing towards it, as St. Paul, Phil. iii."