Can I use the preposition up with the verb google? I found it only on Urban Dictionary which isn't a very reliable dictionary.

Urban Dictionary:

Google up Informal phrase used to describe performing an Internet search using the Google Search Engine.
John: "Hey, when was the King Dome imploded?"
Kristin: "I think it was in 1996."
John: "Hmmm, I don't think so. Let's Google it up!"

It sounds very natural to say google up. Can I use it with the verb google? Will it mean the same as googling?

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    It sounds natural to me but I would also say informal, and "fun", or silly. Jan 17, 2021 at 7:19
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    This is at the sharp end of the evolution of language. I would probably not use it myself, but would have no trouble understanding it were it said to me. Don't forget that the verb "to google" is itself a neologism, and widespread usage has made it an addition to the English language. Hence whether it is "correct" or not is purely a matter of what sticks. Jan 17, 2021 at 7:47
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    Surely it's used in a similar sense to 'look up', 'dial up' etc. Jan 17, 2021 at 9:48
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    Does this answer your question? When to add "up" after a verb and when not?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jul 31, 2022 at 17:26

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Sure, in an informal sense. It assumes "google" is a verb, which I think is reasonably accepted by now.

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