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[th air-uh-pon, -pawn, th air-uh-pon, -pawn] /ˈðɛər əˌpɒn, -ˌpɔn, ˌðɛər əˈpɒn, -ˈpɔn/
immediately following that.
in consequence of that.
upon that or it.
with reference to that.
Origin of thereupon
1125-75; Middle English ther uppon. See there, upon Unabridged
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  • thereupon he asked me, even as you did some time ago, what I meant by Mumbo Jumbo?

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • thereupon hostilities were resumed with vigour on both sides.

  • They thereupon come back to life, and he weds the youngest of them.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • thereupon I went and took her in my arms, the negro smiling upon us both.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • thereupon the prince did as she bade, and presently the brazen boat came skimming over the water more swiftly than the wind.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • thereupon, I begged of her to look for them, which she promised to do.

  • thereupon Perrette herself frisked for joy, transported with the picture of her affluence.

  • thereupon the woman withdrew and left him to look at the room.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for thereupon


immediately after that; at that point: thereupon, the whole class applauded
(formal) upon that thing, point, subject, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thereupon

late 12c., þer uppon; see there + upon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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