Webster 1913 Edition
On; – used in all the senses of that word, with which it is interchangeable.“Upon an hill of flowers.”
uponhis stirrups stood anon.
Thou shalt take of the blood that is
Ex. xxix. 21.
The Philistines be
Judg. xvi. 9.
As I did stand my watch
He made a great difference between people that did rebel
uponwantonness, and them that did rebel
This advantage we lost
uponthe invention of firearms.
Uponthe whole, it will be necessary to avoid that perpetual repetition of the same epithets which we find in Homer.
He had abandoned the frontiers, retiring
Sir. W. Scott.
uponthe Evangelists to abstain from aggression in my absence.
☞ Upon conveys a more distinct notion that on carries with it of something that literally or metaphorically bears or supports. It is less employed than it used to be, on having for the most part taken its place. Some expressions formed with it belong only to old style; as, upon pity they were taken away; that is, in consequence of pity: upon the rate of thirty thousand; that is, amounting to the rate: to die upon the hand; that is, by means of the hand: he had a garment upon; that is, upon himself: the time is coming fast upon; that is, upon the present time. By the omission of its object, upon acquires an adverbial sense, as in the last two examples.
To assure upon
to promise; to undertake.–
To come upon.
To take upon,
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Resting or being on the top or surface; as being upon a hill, or upon a rock; upon a field; upon a table; upon a river; upon the altar; upon the roof. He has his coat upon his back; his hat is upon his head.
2.In a state of resting or dependence; as upon this condition; he will contract with you upon these terms. Upon our repentance we hope to be forgiven.
3.Denoting resting, as a burden. Impose upon yourself this task.
4.In the direction or part of; as upon the right hand.
5.Relating to. They are now engaged upon the affairs of the bank.
6.In consideration of; as upon the whole matter.
7.Near to; as a village upon the Thames.
8.With, or having received. He came upon an hour's warning.
9.On the occasion of; engaged in for the execution of. He sent the officer upon a bold enterprise.
10.In; during the time of; as upon the seventh day; upon the first of January.
11.Noting security; as, to borrow money upon lands, or upon mortgage.
12.Noting approach or attack.
The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. Judges 16.
13.Noting exposure or incurring some danger or loss. You do this upon pain of death, or upon the penalties of the law.
14.At the time of; on occasion of. What was their conduct upon this event?
15.By inference from, or pursuing a certain supposition. Upon his principles, we can have no stable government.
16.Engaged in. What is he upon?
17.Having a particular manner. The horse is now upon a hard trot.
18.Resting or standing, as on a condition. He is put upon his good behavior.
19.Noting means of subsistence or support. Cattle live upon grass.
20.Noting dependence for subsistence; as, paupers come upon the parish or town.
To take upon, to assume.
To assume upon, in law, to promise; to undertake.