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upbeat

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noun up·beat \ˈəp-ˌbēt\

Definition of upbeat

  1. 1 :  an unaccented beat or portion of a beat in a musical measure; specifically :  the last beat of the measure

  2. 2 :  an increase in activity or prosperity business that is on the upbeat

1869

First Known Use of upbeat

1869


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upbeat

adjective up·beat

Definition of upbeat

  1. :  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.

1947

First Known Use of upbeat

1947


UPBEAT Defined for English Language Learners

upbeat

adjective

Definition of upbeat for English Language Learners

  • : positive and cheerful : happy and hopeful


UPBEAT Defined for Kids

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upbeat

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noun up·beat \ˈəp-ˌbēt\

Definition of upbeat for Students

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


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upbeat

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adjective up·beat

Definition of upbeat for Students

  1. :  cheerful and positive an upbeat story



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