up to something

up to

1. Meeting a certain standard or requirement. Your work just hasn't been up to the standard I expect from students in my AP class.
2. Able or willing to do something. I'm not really up to going to the mall—I think I need a nap instead.
3. Scheming. I think those two are up to something—they've been acting squirrelly all morning.
4. Having reached a particular point. I'm only up to the second chapter, but I like the book so far. The water is up to the basement steps now, so we need to do something!
5. A maximum of. You have up to a month to complete these assignments. If you submit them after that, they'll be marked late.
6. Decided or dictated by someone. It's up to you—do you want to go out tonight or not?
7. Doing; occupied or engaged with. What have you been up to since school ended?
See also: up

up to something

Actively engaging in mischief or preparing to do something nefarious, usually in clandestine way. That guy over there keeps snooping around the front of the store—I think he's up to something. Why won't you tell me who you were on the phone with? Are you up to something?
See also: something, up

up to something


1 (also up to doing something) physically or mentally capable of something: She didn’t feel up to going to work today.At my age, I just don’t think I’m up to climbing 200 steps.He’s just not up to the job, I’m afraid.
2 (spoken) doing something, especially something bad: What’s she up to?We used to get up to all sorts of things when we were that age.
See also: something, up