upbeat

noun
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

upbeat

adjective

Definition of upbeat (Entry 2 of 2)

: cheerful, optimistic I'm feeling upbeat today

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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 Mississippi John Hurt is known for his upbeat, fingerstyle guitar playing. Lici Beveridge, USA Today, "Got the blues? Listen to these 25 essential Mississippi Delta blues songs," 17 Feb. 2021 In contrast to the upbeat, folk-minded rave-ups favored by the Shiz, the Lilli Lewis Project drew on more restrained jazz, soul and R&B. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, "Lilli Lewis, record label exec and recording artist, finds her voice in 'My American Heart'," 4 Feb. 2021 With an upbeat and albeit funky disposition, this 1973 classic from Native American rock band, Redbone, is a true crowd pleaser. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Listen Up: 40 Perfect Songs for Your First Dance," 22 Oct. 2020 Many of your favorite songs will be played during this upbeat, toe tapping and most importantly, fun activity. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 17 Sep. 2020 Many of your favorite songs will be played during this upbeat, toe tapping and most importantly, fun activity. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 17 Sep. 2020 Many of your favorite songs will be played during this upbeat, toe tapping and most importantly, fun activity. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 17 Sep. 2020 Many of your favorite songs will be played during this upbeat, toe tapping and most importantly, fun activity. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 17 Sep. 2020 Many of your favorite songs will be played during this upbeat, toe tapping and most importantly, fun activity. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 10 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Roussell remembered Washington, who attended Booker T. Washington and played point guard while in high school, as someone who was always upbeat. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "Karr girls basketball coach Jack Washington dies after illness," 2 Feb. 2021 The latest song, added to YouTube at the end of November, is also the most upbeat, an offering from New Orleans about how the Big Easy enlivens residents and visitors alike. oregonlive, "Cities produce songs to capture how they’re doing during pandemic and lift residents’ spirits: Listen," 9 Dec. 2020 Your impulse is to always try to raise Sandy's spirits by being upbeat. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Positive Penny meets Negative Nancy," 22 Jan. 2021 The trainers were upbeat, motivational, and no-frills—quick and to the point while still feeling inclusive. Mallory Creveling, Health.com, "The 5 Best At-Home Boxing Workouts, According to Health Editors," 2 Dec. 2020 Its mood stretches from sultry and haunting to upbeat and vibrant. The Economist, "Ethio-jazz is a product of migration and heroic ingenuity," 30 Dec. 2020 These letters — often called family newsletters — are traditionally upbeat and inserted in personalized holiday cards. Priscella Vega, Los Angeles Times, "In the year of the coronavirus, families across the U.S. reflect on the bright spots," 24 Dec. 2020 Though there were heart-wrenching moments during the call, Richardson remained upbeat and encouraging. Dallas News, "New Maverick Josh Richardson spreads early Christmas cheer to local children of fallen military heroes," 21 Dec. 2020 An extra measure of enthusiasm and physical energy will keep you upbeat and decisive during the next two to three weeks. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 15, 2020: Cancer, time is the best gift; Leo, you sparkle in a crowd," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of upbeat

Noun

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

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 3 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for upbeat

upbeat

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of upbeat

: positive and cheerful : happy and hopeful

upbeat

noun
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

upbeat

adjective

Kids Definition of upbeat (Entry 2 of 2)

: cheerful and positive an upbeat story

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