upside

noun
up·side | \ˈəp-ˌsīd \

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 \

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

Frances Young, the class valedictorian, encouraged her classmates to see the upside of their failures. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "'Tag, You're It' - Griswold Grads Challenged To Be Forces For Change," 26 June 2018 But in terms of this year’s midterm elections, where control of the House of Representatives hangs in the balance, analysts mostly see upside for the president and his party. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un may give him some political benefits for midterms," 11 June 2018 Still, Pace sees upside in the edge rusher and praised Fitts’ burst as a trait that could quickly catalyze his growth at the next level. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Athletic Bears rookie Kylie Fitts must prove his durability," 8 May 2018 Russian energy companies are, though, seeing an upside to the thaw. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "From Siberia, an Unlikely Cry: ‘We Need Greenpeace Out Here!’," 26 Apr. 2018 Since Apple, Google, Facebook, and the rest don’t see much upside in changing their systems, only a legislative demand could grant law enforcement exceptional access. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Cracking the Crypto War," 25 Apr. 2018 The flash sheets, taped to the front desk, featured designs by the staff at Armageddon: skulls, black cats, flaming hearts with swords piercing them, spiders, roses, jellyfish, an upside-down bat and a unicorn smoking a cigar. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "Friday the 13th, a ‘Tattoo Holiday’," 13 July 2018 Luckily, there are a few voices in this month’s books newsletter who point out the upsides of being alone. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "This Month in Books: ‘What Used To Be Me Before the World Buried It’," 10 July 2018 Say hello to CIE Denim's upside-down shorts, which literally invert the fitted waistband and raw hem of a pair of vintage jorts to give you a whole new perspective on your old jean shorts. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "CIE Denim Created Upside-Down Shorts," 3 July 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)

: on or against the side of (something)

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