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

The upside, Smith said, is that doing so is within our power. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, "To meet Paris climate targets, some power plants may need to take an early retirement," 1 July 2019 The upside of this is that Lombardo’s sense of drama is evocative and riveting. Jane Smiley, Washington Post, "Jane Smiley reviews a novel so intimate and familiar it’s almost as though you’re eavesdropping," 1 July 2019 The upside is that this increasingly common anti-aging approach employed by doctors, researchers, and health policy experts emphasizes prevention and holistic treatment. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Humans don’t actually want to be immortal, we just want to be forever young," 27 June 2019 The other thing is that the upside of these strategies is greater. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Ad campaigns and new products like Charmin’s “Forever” roll and IHOb drum up internet outrage. That’s the point.," 27 June 2019 The upside of consolidating federal loans is that borrowers will have fewer bills and payments to keep track of each month. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Two Ways to Simplify Your Student-Loan Debt," 16 June 2019 His shot was inconsistent from beyond the arc and at the foul line, but the athletic upside is apparent. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "NBA draft preview: Time for Heat to upsize at small forward?," 16 June 2019 On the upside is the tradition of a menu with steak, lobster and fish grilled on an outdoor pit over glowing mesquite coals. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Zero-star review: Grey Moss Inn falls behind the times northwest of San Antonio," 6 June 2019 Greene will probably move from centerfield to one of the corner spots in the minors, due to his below-average speed, but his offensive upside is promising enough to warrant his No. Jeremiah Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers draft analysis: Greene a 'no-brainer' but Quintana risky," 31 May 2019

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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