up·​mar·​ket | \ ˈəp-ˈmär-kət How to pronounce upmarket (audio) \

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upmarket adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for upmarket


exclusive, high-end, upscale


dime-store, discount, down-market, downscale, low-end

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Examples of upmarket in a Sentence

an upmarket restaurant that is quite pricey but also quite good

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In one incident in Lekki, an upmarket Lagos neighborhood, a clash between police and protesters at a mall housing a Shoprite outlet left one person dead. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Xenophobic attacks on African migrants in South Africa have been escalated by misinformation," 4 Sep. 2019 Today Lai lives in a white, gated house in an upmarket nook of Kowloon. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Why pro-democracy troublemaker Jimmy Lai is the only Hong Kong multi-millionaire standing up to China," 27 Aug. 2019 But London’s more upmarket productions are not immune from rowdy behavior, either. Alex Marshall, New York Times, "Bachelorettes, Brawls and Body Cameras: A Night at the Theater in London," 13 Aug. 2019 Mitchells Plain had 140 killings, while central Cape Town — home to upmarket restaurants, galleries and hotels — had just eight. Kimon De Greef, BostonGlobe.com, "As gang murders surge, South Africa sends army to Cape Town, and the city cheers," 13 Aug. 2019 One officer was taken to the hospital after suffering burns in the upmarket shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui. Shirley Li, Fortune, "Hong Kong Airport Cancels All Flights As Protests Prompt Biggest Disruption Yet," 12 Aug. 2019 But even decades ago, the house sold for less than similar properties in the same upmarket area. Ellen James Martin, courant.com, "Selling a house that’s on a busy street," 10 July 2019 Six months after opening in that forsaken space, the upmarket Mexican restaurant is still mostly empty, mostly mediocre and mostly clueless. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: CoCo Bongo a poor excuse for Mexican food in San Antonio’s Stone Oak," 27 June 2019 The company saw a selloff in its shares (paywall) when Amazon bought upmarket US grocery chain Whole Foods in 2017. Jane Li, Quartz, "A French supermarket is retreating from China to focus on its coming battle with Amazon," 24 June 2019

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of upmarket

: made for or appealing to people who have a lot of money

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