up to

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - up to

"up to"

occupied with, especially devising or scheming


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - up to

"up to"

able to do or deal with


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - up to

"up to"

dependent on


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - up to

"up to"

as far as or approaching a certain point


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - up to

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What is James up to this time?

Friend 2:  I am not sure but it looks like another of his inventions.

Friend 1:  Let's hope this one works better than the last one.

Friend 2:  And if it doesn't, James will just get busy and build something else.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - up to

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are you ready to work another weekend?

Colleague 2:  I don't think that I am up to it.

Colleague 1:  Why not?

Colleague 2:  We've worked sixty hours this week already and I am really tired. I need some rest.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - up to

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I thought we were going to host a party tonight.

Friend 2:  We are.

Friend 1:  But the house is a total mess. George was supposed to have got it all cleaned up.

Friend 2:  Well, with four hours to go until the party, I guess the cleaning is up to us.

Friend 1:  Great that it has, all of a sudden, become our responsibility.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - up to

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How effective do you think this new software will be?

Colleague 2:  I think we could see up to a thirty percent increase in efficiency.

Colleague 1:  It would be awesome if it went that high.

Colleague 2:  I have high expectations that we will see the high end of the range.

up to - Usage:


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up to - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for up to.

up to - Examples:

1)  I don't think those were up to the caliber of the rest of the state Capitol.

2)  ... financing for the homes, leading the Township Council to recently approve temporary financing of up to about $70,000 so they can move in.

3)  ... he's gone. It's hard to fathom. So I guess it's up to us now.

4)  It's up to the provider to pick where group homes are located; the state doesn't ...

5)  ... expansion, which went into effect Friday (July 1), have been theoretical up to now. 

6)  It's up to you if you want to participate in the surveys.

7)  It looks like they've been doing this for up to a hundred years.

8)  ... an Olympic village for 16,500 with a 5,000-person dining hall, and a workforce of up to 200,000.

9)  Officers also are permitted to work up to 80 hours per week, more than experts recommend to prevent fatigue that can ...

10)  ... though it remains to be seen what Ser Davos will get up to next year.

11)  ... and wages are down. Bank profits are up, up, up to record levels.

12)  Up to 100 per cent of the engines power can be sent to the rear wheels.

13)  ... killing at least 115 people and wounding up to 187 others.

14)  It's not up to the city to do these events; it's up to companies like ourselves ...

15)  The battalion needed 1,049 all ranks to bring it up to full strength and soon had 180 recruits. 

16)  The whole economy needs to thrive, not just the parts that have done well up to now.

17)  That position requires mastery of vast amounts of detail. She is not remotely up to it. 

18)  The building contains up to 50 lorries and there is also liquid petroleum gas, acetylene and diesel inside.

19)  The 22-year-old Frenchman has moved up 60 places this year up to 30th in the world rankings and is anticipated to rise again after progressing to ...

20)  ... then it's up to you to find what strikes your fancy!