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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
      • During the Korean Conflict, American soldiers were deloused with DDT upon entering basic training.
      • Frozen at the age he was when vampiredom was thrust upon him (in the great influenza epidemic of 1918), Edward is now eternally a younger man, while Jake’s 16 and holding.
      • When this was over, Mr. Woodhouse gratefully observed,—"It is very kind of you, Mr. Knightley, to come out at this late hour to call upon us."
    2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
      • Upon arrival at the campsite, they discovered that they had forgotten the tent pegs and had to use rocks and logs to tether the tent instead.
      • Upon infection, dogs can develop distinct clinical manifestations of the disease: asymptomatic, oligosymptomatic, or symptomatic stages.
      • Upon the occasion of his first publication he quit his day job, only to find that Grub Street wasn't lined with manors and villas but hovels and slums.
    3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
      • Baiting fish is not illegal in this state, but strongly frowned upon.
      • Because of the professor's venerability his opinion was often asked, but his actual attendance in committee meetings was not insisted upon.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Adverbs
      • Uncomparable adverbs
      • Prepositions
      Related Links:
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      2. en upon the by
      3. en upon a stound
      4. en upon the whole
      5. en upon the tapis
      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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