Translation of up in Spanish:


contra, adv.

Pronunciation: /ʌp//əp/


  • 1

    • 1.1(next to)

      • He played with the very simple philosophy of not letting the ball get past him and getting it up to his forwards as quickly as possible.
      • A moment later Nikki and Sandra drove up in a van, followed by Pete in his car.
      • 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.
      • We burst out of the car, just as the bus came up behind us, and said our quick goodbyes.

    • 1.2(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

  • 2

    • 2.1(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! ¡arriba el United!

    • 2.2(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?

  • 3

    • 3.1(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

    • 3.2(as far as, as many as, as much as)

      up to 20 days/twice as big hasta 20 días/el doble de grande
      • The 2005 RAC Report on Motoring, launched today, reveals the number breaking the limit is up almost 10 per cent on a year ago.
      • It expects sales to be up on last years revenues of $341 million.
      • 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.
      • The school's English and maths scores are down on last year but the science score is iup.
      • Where people live is the key to a long-lasting marriage, according to a new survey on divorce rates in Britain, and the seaside resort is up there at the top of the list.
      • He added: ‘Our pack is up there with the best in the division.’
      • Company cars are set to be taxed differently from April 2002 but the tax trend is up.
      • Whale numbers overall throughout the season tend to be up on the previous year as well.

    • 3.3(as many as, as much as, 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

    • 3.4(capable of, equal to)

      she's not up to the job no puede con el trabajo informal
      • 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
      • his performance/my spelling is not up to much su actuación/mi ortografía no es gran cosa

    • 3.5(depending on, capable of)

      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 / si por mí fuera, los echaba a todos
      • how you go about it is up to you cómo lo hagas es cosa tuya / asunto tuyo
      • it's up to them to make the next move les corresponde / les toca a ellos dar el próximo paso
      • it's not up to me to decide no me corresponde a mí decidir
      • the choice of color was left up to me la elección del color quedó a mi criterio / a criterio mío

    • 3.6(depending on)

      to be up to sth
      • 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 / algo se traen entre manos
      • 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 pequeños

  • 4

    • 4.1(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
      • How can you imagine what it is to be up on stage performing these songs?
      • It just felt so good to be up on stage and have people cheering for me!
      • Tell us what it is like to be up on that podium with that crowd just going wild and cheering for you?
      • After flying for about 20 miles, I finally got it up to 1000 feet, cruising along at a nice 110 knots.
      • Mercifully, the sail contraption collapsed and fell overboard before I even got it up.
      • Bob had promised that this time he'd be up on stage with him.
      • He would be up on his feet thumping, and telling us that repeal was the option.
      • A large, heavy dog jumping up on people can be dangerous to young children and even to some adults.
      • Drive the ball into the lane rather than lifting it up and onto the lane.
      • We should be up on that roof shouting that Musselburgh is the best small racecourse in the country.
      • Generally speaking, the biggest expense for a satellite is getting it up there.
      • I wouldn't want to be up on deck in the sort of weather that they had when they hit the reef.
      • She put the phone back up to her ear.
      • It was a really fantastic feeling to be up on the podium.

    • 4.2(upstairs, on upper floor)

      I'll be up in a minute subiré en un minuto

    • 4.3(raised, pointing upward)

      with the lid/blinds up con la tapa levantada/las persianas levantadas / subidas

    • 4.4(removed)

      I had the carpet up había quitado / levantado la alfombra
      • the road is up han levantado la calle

  • 5

    • 5.1(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
      • It's now one of the top 20 companies on the Australian Stock Exchange and its share price has gone up by over 70%.
      • At 14% the party is up a massive nine points since 1999 and looks like winning seats on all four Dublin councils.
      • Louth got back on top and four unanswered points put them two up with ten minutes to go.

    • 5.2US (for each side)

      the game was tied 15 up empataron 15 a 15

  • 6

    (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
  • 7

    (in cards)
    two pairs, aces up doble pareja: de ases y jotas (/ reyes etc. )
  • 8

    • 8.1(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

    • 8.2(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

    • 8.3British (in or toward major center)

      to go up to town ir a la ciudad (/ a Londres etc. )
      • I met her up in town yesterday me la encontré ayer en la ciudad (/ en Londres etc. )

    • 8.4British (at or to university)

      to go up to/be up at Oxford ir a estudiar/estar estudiando en Oxford

  • 9

    • 9.1(upright)

      help me up! ¡ayúdame a levantarme!
      • she's up again and running well ya está otra vez en pie y corriendo bien

    • 9.2(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 no me puedo quedar en la cama, tengo que levantarme y ponerme en movimiento

  • 10

    • 10.1(in position, erected)

      there's a barrier up hay una barrera
      • is the tent up? ¿ya han armado la carpa?
      • the pictures/shelves are up los cuadros/estantes están colocados / puestos

    • 10.2(inflated)

      • It's going to take at least a year, though, to get it up and going.
      • Unless you tidy up, everyone can see the gruesome jumble of cables.
      • The scheduled repairs are essential and it will take 14 days of intensive work to get it up to the required standard.
      • Zoe took out each and every nail polish container and lined them up in front of her.
      • He said a few years ago the residents repaired the road and got it up to standard.
      • Talk to your doctor about setting up a smart diet and exercise program.

  • 11informal

    (going on, as greeting)
    what's up with you? ¿a ti qué te pasa?
    • there's something up with the engine al motor le pasa algo
    • (as greeting) what's up? ¿qué onda?
  • 12

    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
  • 13

    • 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 (a) abajo
      • to swear up and down 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

  • 14informal

    (to be due for, subject to, to be ready for)
    up for
    • (to be due for) to be up for sth
    • the motion up for debate today la moción que sale hoy a debate / 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
    • I'm up for just about anything voy a casi todas las paradas
  • 15

    up on/in
    • how well up are you on what's been happening? ¿cuánto sabes / qué tan enterado estás de lo que ha estado sucediendo?
    • she used to be up on current affairs antes estaba al tanto / 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
  • 16

    up till / until hasta
    • up until 12 o'clock/the 20th century hasta las 12/el siglo xx
  • 17

    • 17.1(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/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

    • 17.2(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


  • 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! ¡ándate a la mierda!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 4

    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
  • 5

    (further along)
    the farm is just up the road la granja queda un poco más allá / 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
  • 6Britishdialect

    (to, in)
    he's gone up the shop ha ido a la tienda


  • 1

    (going upward)
    the up escalator la escalera mecánica para subir
  • 2British

    (to London)
    the up train el tren para Londres
  • 3USinformal

    I feel really up at the moment me siento como en las nubes

transitive verb

  • 1informal

    (costs/price) aumentar
    (costs/price) subir
    (offer/bid) aumentar
    (offer/bid) superar
    (pace/output) acelerar
    to up stakes / sticks liar el petate informal
    • they upped stakes and moved to the city liaron el petate y se mudaron a la ciudad
    • You're supposed to be up at the house fixing my phone.
    • John said he was filming up in Canada and had a part with one or two lines in it for me.
    • 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 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.
    • I was supposed to be up on the East coast somewhere, probably getting over the gig in Whakatane last night.
    • We strolled up to Argyll Street and had lunch at Garfunkels.

intransitive verb

  • 1

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


  • 1

    on the up en aumento
    • gun-related violence is on the up la violencia relacionada con armas de fuego está en aumento
    • (honest) to be on the up and up (succeeding) estar en alza
    • ups and downs vicisitudes
    • 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