up·​beat | \ ˈəp-ˌbēt How to pronounce upbeat (audio) \

Definition of upbeat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of upbeat (Entry 2 of 2)

: cheerful, optimistic I'm feeling upbeat today

Synonyms & Antonyms for upbeat

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of upbeat in a Sentence

Adjective I like a story with an upbeat ending. I tried to stay upbeat about losing the election.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For all her wandering, Lambert’s partner remains her true north in this upbeat, sweet ode to a love that distance only make grow fonder. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 29 Apr. 2022 There’s a lot going on there, including the upbeat, sometimes educational music and the nostalgia factor. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 31 Mar. 2022 Glen's upbeat hit takes you through the thoughts of a solider. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 23 Mar. 2022 So turn up your charisma, invest in some good lighting and keep your entry upbeat. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2022 Despite its upbeat, guitar-heavy arrangement, the track explores the emotional upheaval caused by the loss of a close companion. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 14 Jan. 2022 The strong upbeat was led by a large 37% growth in Sterile Injectables segment. Trefis Team, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 SAN ANTONIO - Derrick White received praise from a teammate for remaining upbeat throughout the six-game losing streak the Spurs snapped with a 96-88 win over Boston on Friday. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Nov. 2021 Staying upbeat will be important after back-to-back losses to Northeastern last weekend, but Bilka will draw upon her experience as motivation. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His personality — always upbeat, joking, laughing — was a plus. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 These books aren’t upbeat, exactly, but the underlying playfulness of the satire leavens the critique in a way that makes the message even stronger. John Warner, Chicago Tribune, 7 May 2022 The music needed to be upbeat, sentimental but not corny, talking about family and the past. Shaheem Reid, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 May 2022 It’s one of the more upbeat offerings in the group’s pensive catalogue of music, with its music video featuring a dance-off and cheeky visuals. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has ended a monthslong rise in optimism among eurozone households and businesses, though both remain more upbeat than during the darkest months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Paul Hannon, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 But considering his return from an arm injury that sidelined him for the entire postseason last year, Kershaw chose to be upbeat. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Dimon was mostly upbeat when talking about the current state of the U.S. economy. Will Daniel, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2022 In contrast to so many Spanish industry panels at festivals down the decades, the panel’s mood was upbeat. John Hopewell, Variety, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of upbeat


1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Upbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upbeat. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for upbeat


up·​beat | \ ˈəp-ˌbēt How to pronounce upbeat (audio) \

Kids Definition of upbeat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of upbeat (Entry 2 of 2)

: cheerful and positive an upbeat story

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