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EN[əˈpɒn] [-ɒn]
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    Definition of upon in English Dictionary

  • Adverb
    1. Being the target of an action.
      1. He was set upon by the agitated dogs
    2. Incidental to a specified point in time or order of action; usually combined with here-, there- or where-.
      1. The clock struck noon, whereupon the students proceeded to lunch.
  • Preposition
    1. Being above and in contact with another.
      1. Place the book upon the table. ‎
    2. Being directly supported by another.
      1. The crew set sail upon the sea. ‎
      2. She balanced upon one foot. ‎
    3. Being followed by another so as to form a series.
      1. hours upon hours, years upon years ‎
    4. At a prescribed point in time.
      1. The contract was rendered void upon his death. ‎
    5. On.
      1. Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.
  • More Examples
    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • There are liquidogenous and gasogenous molecules, which co-exist in proportions depending upon the temperature.
      • He purſued Andrew Houſtoun upon his promiſe, to give him the like Sallary for the next year, and in abſence obtained him to be holden as confeſt and Decerned.
      • Covered with cloth of gold tissued upon blue. — Francis Bacon.
    2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
      • Upon reception, the data packets are deshuffled by the deshuffler.
      • Upon infection, dogs can develop distinct clinical manifestations of the disease: asymptomatic, oligosymptomatic, or symptomatic stages.
      • Upon a hanging ledge of rock unstable, / Th' unsurest spot that may in earth be found, / Showing to all that she is never stable.
    3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
      • Because of the professor's venerability his opinion was often asked, but his actual attendance in committee meetings was not insisted upon.
      • Baiting fish is not illegal in this state, but strongly frowned upon.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Adverbs
      • Uncomparable adverbs
      • Prepositions
      Related Links:
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      4. en upon the tapis
      5. en upon the whole
      Source: Wiktionary
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      Meaning of upon for the defined word.

      Grammatically, this word "upon" is an adverb, more specifically, an uncomparable adverb. It's also a preposition.
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