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

Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders Waller was already an interesting backup tight end with upside and became more appealing once the Raiders released Antonio Brown, who was expected to command a lot of targets. Adam Ronis, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups," 10 Sep. 2019 But if a drop is followed by a slow recovery, more stock ownership could mean a more volatile and unpredictable economy, albeit one with some upside. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Americans own more stock than ever—how will it change the economy?," 5 Sep. 2019 His in-game power is currently rated well below average with an average upside. oregonlive.com, "Did the Seattle Mariners fleece the New York Mets?," 26 July 2019 For Red Sox, that change could be a big deal As mentioned in this look at the Red Sox farm system, the strength of the organization is its young players with considerable upside who are far away from the majors. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "What the Andrew Cashner deal says about a changing trade market," 14 July 2019 The Pistons are seeking long rangy prospects with upside, and Sirvydis fits the bill. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Deividas Sirvydis seeks development, but path to Pistons is uncertain," 3 July 2019 Rather than use the sixth pick to take Jarrett Culver or Coby White - prospects with significant upside who would address areas of need - Jones traded down to the 11th pick to draft Cameron Johnson. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "2019 NBA draft: Winners (Pelicans, Hawks) and losers (trade rules, Warriors)," 21 June 2019 Reddish will give them a defensive presence with upside. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "NBA mock draft 2019 results: Reporters make their first-round picks," 18 June 2019 Icarus is faced with the upside of his own achievement. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Seeking a Way Out of Our Modern Malaise," 4 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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