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up·​beat ˈəp-ˌbēt How to pronounce upbeat (audio)
: an unaccented beat or portion of a beat in a musical measure
specifically : the last beat of the measure
: an increase in activity or prosperity
business that is on the upbeat


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: cheerful, optimistic
I'm feeling upbeat today

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
Payton, 59, back from a one-year sabbatical from coaching, is the same upbeat, cocksure soul who generated so much success, including a Super Bowl crown, during 15 seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 27 July 2023 The Frenchie did his part to keep every upbeat at the sweet picnic by performing a trick show and posing for plenty of photos. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 12 July 2023 The group then took the stage, impressing all four judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofía Vergara — as well as the audience with their upbeat, perfectly in-sync performance. Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 14 June 2023 Fox is very adroit at remaining upbeat and keeping things light during our time together. Brent Lang, Variety, 11 May 2023 This upbeat musical, for people 3 and older, is based on reggae giant Bob Marley's endearing song and a related children's book by his daughter Cedella. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 24 Apr. 2023 Blanchett’s upbeats are not fully realized, like a golfer who hits the ball perfectly without doing the perfect swing beforehand. Somtow Sucharitkul, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2023 First, the upbeat. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 11 Jan. 2023 Attorney George Leontire, who represented Hernandez, said in a recent interview the suicide did not make sense because Hernandez sounded so overall upbeat before his death. Andrew Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2023
Young women in particular looked up to her and loved her upbeat personality and self-confidence. Taylor Lorenz, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2023 But when the agreement collapsed in late July, Mr. Biden, whose upbeat public image often belies a more mercurial temperament, was stunned. Katie Rogers, New York Times, 10 Sep. 2023 With bells tingling and upbeat R&B music bumping, a festive atmosphere enveloped Mildred Avenue K-8 School in Mattapan Thursday morning as students streamed in on a red carpet for the first day of classes. Naomi Martin, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2023 By the early ’90s, as hip-hop evolved from its upbeat dance origins to more coldhearted expressions, that shift threatened the careers of rappers who presented themselves as lovers. Clover Hope, Pitchfork, 6 Sep. 2023 So, along with the aforementioned Glenn Frey co-write, the latter-day Buffett hooked up with R&B vocalist and composer Bill Withers for this decidedly politically-incorrect track touched by an upbeat Cujunto arrangement and plucky rhythms. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 2 Sep. 2023 Demand for services is also slowing The reading was more upbeat than the official government survey released Thursday, which showed manufacturing still stuck in contraction in August despite signs of improvement. Laura He, CNN, 1 Sep. 2023 When the Moon then aligns with the upbeat Sun, taking practical steps to move forward should be our top priority -- get some ideas ready! Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 26 Aug. 2023 Set to an upbeat tune in the key of Kander and Ebb, the song climaxes in a dance routine with trash can lids for tap shoes. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upbeat was in 1869

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“Upbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upbeat. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
up·​beat ˈəp-ˌbēt How to pronounce upbeat (audio)
: an unaccented beat in a musical measure
especially : the last beat of the measure


2 of 2 adjective
: optimistic, cheerful
a story with an upbeat ending

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