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

But one head scout for a top Western Conference team raved about Langford's upside. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Consensus opinion around NBA is Pacers made right call taking Goga Bitadze," 16 July 2019 Do the business and societal and health-related upsides from genetic testing outweigh the downside of the ick factor of giving companies the most intimate of personal information? Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Answering Some of the Biggest Questions Facing the Tech Industry—Data Sheet," 15 July 2019 Few rookies in this class combined legitimate outside scoring chops with feasible upside, and Miami’s decision to grab him at No. SI.com, "All-Summer League Team: Picking the Best Players From Las Vegas," 15 July 2019 But that also is the most difficult skill set in the NBA, projecting a player's ultimate upside. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is Chris Paul an upgrade on Dragic, Winslow?," 14 July 2019 In Europe, too, some lawmakers are starting to point out the upside in legally acknowledging migrants. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "What we can learn from the revolutionary passport that helped 1920s refugees," 13 July 2019 That’s the upside of being in the controversy business: I always get paid. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "A Herd Has No Mind," 11 July 2019 Zaitsev's ability is well established, but don't discount Brown's upside. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL free agency 2019: Breaking down the deals and rumors on July 1," 1 July 2019 More important than the financial upside, there is also a widespread sense here that, all evidence to the contrary, Stalin was only pretending to be a communist. David Segal, New York Times, "A Monster to History, Stalin Is a Tourist Magnet in His Hometown," 30 June 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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