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upbeat

noun up·beat \ ˈəp-ˌbēt \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of upbeat

1 : an unaccented beat or portion of a beat in a musical measure; specifically : the last beat of the measure
2 : an increase in activity or prosperity
  • business that is on the upbeat

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First Known Use of upbeat

1869

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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upbeat

adjective

Definition of upbeat

: cheerful, optimistic
  • I'm feeling upbeat today

Examples of upbeat in a Sentence

  1. I like a story with an upbeat ending.

  2. I tried to stay upbeat about losing the election.

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First Known Use of upbeat

1947

in the meaning defined above

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UPBEAT Defined for English Language Learners

upbeat

Definition of upbeat for English Language Learners

  • : positive and cheerful : happy and hopeful


UPBEAT Defined for Kids

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upbeat

noun up·beat \ ˈəp-ˌbēt \

Definition of upbeat for Students

: a beat in music that is not accented and especially one just before a downbeat

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upbeat

adjective

Definition of upbeat for Students

: cheerful and positive
  • an upbeat story


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