1) ADV: ADV after v If you go upstairs in a building, you go up a staircase towards a higher floor.

He went upstairs and changed into fresh clothes...

I walked upstairs and unlocked my front door.

2) ADV: be ADV, n ADV If something or someone is upstairs in a building, they are on a floor that is higher than the ground floor.

The restaurant is upstairs and consists of a large, open room...

The boys are curled asleep in the small bedroom upstairs.

3) ADJ: ADJ n An upstairs room or object is situated on a floor of a building that is higher than the ground floor.

Marsani moved into the upstairs apartment. upstairs balcony.

4) N-SING: the N The upstairs of a building is the floor or floors that are higher than the ground floor.

Together we went through the upstairs...

Frances invited them to occupy the upstairs of her home.


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