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( UP TO ) AS AN ADJECTIVE

27 Nov

up to

1 a : capable of performing or dealing with (something) 


 She feels she is up to her role in the play.  She feels up to the challenge.  The patient is now up to seeing visitors. [=is now healthy enough to see visitors] 

b : good enough for (something) 

 Her performance wasn’t up to her usual standards. [=wasn’t as good as it usually is]  The hotel wasn’t up to our expectations. [=wasn’t as good as we expected it to be]  (Brit) My Spanish isn’t up to much. [=my Spanish is not very good]

2 : doing something especially in a way that is secret and with intentions that are bad 


 What are they up to? 
 I know they’re up to something, but I don’t know what.
  I’m sure he is up to no good.

3 — used to say who is responsible for making a choice or decision 


 Do you want Chinese food tonight or Italian? It doesn’t matter to me, so it’s up to you. 
 The amount of your donation is entirely up to you.
  It is up to you to decide.

4 a — used to indicate the place or level that is reached by something 


 The water was up toour knees. = We were in water up to our knees. 

b : to or at (a specified amount, level, etc.) 

 Estimates for repairing the car ran from $500 up to $1,000. 
 The lottery is up to five million dollars. 

c : as many or as much as (a specified number or amount) 

 Up to eight people can play the game. 
 The car holds up to six people. 
 The ship can carry up to10 tons.

5 : during the time or period before 


 Up to this point, we have been discussing our long-term goals. 
 Up to [=until] that time they had been fairly successful.
up to here

informal — used to show that you have too much of something to deal with or that you are very annoyed by something and will not accept any more of it 

 I have work up to here to do. [=I have a lot of work to do]
  I’ve had it up to here with your nonsense! [=I am sick of your nonsense]



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