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up·​side ˈəp-ˌsīd How to pronounce upside (audio)
: an upward trend (as of prices)
: a positive aspect
: promise, potential
a young star with lots of upside


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up·​side ˈəp-ˈsīd How to pronounce upside (audio)
: up on or against the side of
layin' in this death cell, writin' my time upside the wallLonnie 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
Influential German producer Max Wiedemann has said the likes of OpenAI and Google need to let content owners share in the upside created by new artificial intelligence tools. Stewart Clarke, Deadline, 3 July 2024 And if Biden is going to remain the nominee as expected, there is zero upside of bloodying the nominee. Philip Elliott, TIME, 1 July 2024
Bernard’s intensity, red-hot motor and likable athleticism should enable him to develop into a special teams ace under coordinator John Fassel’s tutelage. Plus, his coverage ability and adequate instincts give him upside as a defender. John Owning, Dallas News, 1 May 2020 Would the occasional smack upside the head improve the situation? David Roberts, Vox, 3 July 2018 See all Example Sentences for upside 

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Word History



up entry 2 + side entry 1


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

First Known Use


1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upside was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Upside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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