I was reading this article and I came across the following sentence:

An emerging artist is usually defined as someone at the early stages of their career. Maybe, as an “emerging” artist, you're honing your style and have landed some recognition from a critic, but you don't have commercial representation yet. ... The word “mid-career” is also up to interpretation.

In my search for the meaning of up to interpretation I also found up for interpretation which in turn led me on a search for the difference between up to and up for but that does not seem to help.
I am still not sure about the difference in meaning between up to interpretation and up for interpretation (if there is any).

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    Sounds like sort of typo. up for interpretation is correct and I don't know how up to makes sense.
    – iBug
    Commented May 16, 2021 at 4:55
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    @iBug In my search, I found many examples for "up to interpretarion" (actually more than ones for "up for interpretation") like in this video at around 13:10 for example.
    – Mohammad
    Commented May 16, 2021 at 5:07
  • @iBug sorry at around 13:00.
    – Mohammad
    Commented May 16, 2021 at 5:16
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    From the context it sounds like it should be "open to interpretation".
    – Peter
    Commented Jun 19, 2021 at 6:11

2 Answers 2


The word “mid-career” is also up to interpretation.

That means it depends on interpretation

whereas: The word “mid-career” is also up for interpretation.

That means that it has been designated for interpretation or to be interpreted.


lets look at it this way... if @iBug is correct about the typo then we have nothing to discuss... but we have two ways of somethings as it comes to the collocation for Up

we have:

  1. We are up to sth... means we have decided to do sth or we are about to do sth (sth = something) Example: I know you are up to something == (I know you have something in mind and you want to do it)
  2. we are up for sth... means we are eager to do something... can be a decision made before and now we are showing our passion to do it. Example : I am up for camping == (I stand with those who want to camp)

hope I could be clear

  • The question is sth. be up to, not sb. be up to. Whether the subject is person or object makes quite a difference here.
    – iBug
    Commented May 16, 2021 at 5:11
  • @iBug Sorry I dont get you... I explained the difference between Up to and Up for. and at the beginning of the sentence we have a subject called ?? " an emerging artist". and the question was the exact difference between "up to" and "up for" Commented May 16, 2021 at 5:18
  • The question asked for the word “mid-career” is also up to interpretation where the subject is the word. Can you explain how the meanings you posed apply to non-person subjects?
    – iBug
    Commented May 16, 2021 at 5:20
  • @iBug the question of the @-Mohammad is the difference and the article that stated "mid-career" refers to something that is not stated in the current article due to the shortage of it.. and i went to read the whole idea, I this context i think it means there are different interpretations of it Commented May 16, 2021 at 5:32

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