upside

noun
up·​side | \ ˈəp-ˌsīd How to pronounce upside (audio) \

Definition of upside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upward trend (as of prices)
2a : a positive aspect
b : promise, potential a young star with lots of upside

upside

preposition
up·​side | \ ˈəp-ˈsīd How to pronounce upside (audio) \

Definition of upside (Entry 2 of 2)

: up on or against the side of layin' in this death cell, writin' my time upside the wall— Lonnie Johnson smacked him upside the head

Examples of upside in a Sentence

Noun

One upside to the new house is its location.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And here's the upside: These hues will last and last. Glamour, "The 10 Best Pedicure Shades for Spring, According to Pros," 14 Mar. 2019 The upside is the pain of the present is producing some shake-us-out-of-it fashion at houses like Gucci (those masks!), Marni (piercings), and Prada (Frankenstein’s monster). Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top Shows of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 The outlook could improve if newer drugs, such as the antimigraine treatment Ajovy, surprise to the upside. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Teva’s Turnaround Stalls Out," 13 Feb. 2019 Still, the upside of finally having natural resources of its own has been so appealing that the Israeli government has pushed forward even against stiff domestic opposition from environmental and social welfare activists. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Natural gas fields give Israel a regional political boost," 23 Jan. 2019 An upside to having phones and social media has been so much more awareness of all the injustices and things going on in the world, and having a voice and platform that just didn’t exist before. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Star Kiernan Shipka on Being Shipped with Ross Lynch and Why She Loves Playing a Teenage Witch," 19 Nov. 2018 One upside is that the new USB-C port is fully modular and independent from the main board, unlike the Lightning port that came before it on previous models. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Tinkerers, repair shops will have mixed feelings about this iPad Pro teardown," 12 Nov. 2018 But the upsides are significant, according to women currently in the field. Amanda Abrams, Curbed, "Women are the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage," 5 Nov. 2018 Though this kind of allergy testing does use needles, the upside is that the needles just barely pierce the surface of your skin. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Expect If You Need Allergy Testing," 5 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Would the occasional smack upside the head improve the situation? David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 Louisville City slapped the New England Revolution upside the head 2-1. San Antonio Express-News, "Suds and duds: SAFC loses Open Cup match," 6 June 2018 Then, astonishingly, in the open court, after a whistle blew, Heat guard Goran Dragic cuffed Simmons upside the head after Simmons stole the ball from him, and after Simmons already had been fouled by him. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Sixers come together again to eliminate the Heat, advance in NBA playoffs| Marcus Hayes," 24 Apr. 2018 But Ingalls, who joined the Lips after first starting with that band as a behind the scenes tech for, can also knock listeners upside the head. AL.com, "Cool things to do in Huntsville, Feb. 4 - 10," 4 Feb. 2018 Let’s not hit them upside their damn heads 100 times. Tim Rohan, SI.com, "Strip Clubs, CTE Talk and a CBD Sales Pitch: A Weekend Inside Warren Sapp’s World," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of upside

Noun

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for upside

Noun

up entry 2 + side entry 1

Preposition

perhaps from up entry 1 + -side (as in alongside)

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upside

noun

Financial Definition of upside

What It Is

Upside refers to an investment's potential gains in value.

How It Works

For example, you purchase 100 shares of Company XYZ at $5 per share, for a total investment of $500. If you know or believe that Company XYZ shares will rise to $15 per share at some point, your upside equals ($15-$5 = $10) per share, or $1,000.

The reverse is true for people who short stocks: Their upside comes when the stock price falls.

Why It Matters

Upside is the fundamental motive for making any investment. The size of the upside, of course, varies with the investment -- and with the risk associated with that investment. Higher-risk investments generally have more upside; low-risk investments generally have less upside and are thus primarily concerned with preserving the value of the original investment.

Ultimately, expected upside is based on estimates and educated guesses. No analyst or investor can predict the future, thus making upside inherently unpredictable.

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upside

noun

English Language Learners Definition of upside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a part of something that is good or desirable : an advantage or benefit

upside

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of upside (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal : on or against the side of (something)

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