up·​surge | \ ˈəp-ˌsərj How to pronounce upsurge (audio) \

Definition of upsurge

: a rapid or sudden rise an upsurge in interest

Keep scrolling for more

Did you know?

An upsurge in drug use sometimes leads to an upsurge in crime. An upsurge of flu cases can be cause for alarm. And an upsurge of fury at overpaid CEOs might lead to new legislation to restrain high salaries. We seem to use upsurge more in negative contexts than in positive ones, but not always; we usually welcome an upsurge of consumer confidence, an upsurge in new-car sales, or an upsurge in the stock market.

Examples of upsurge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tajikistan and its neighbors on Afghanistan’s border fear an upsurge in Islamist extremism, including among Tajik and Uzbek groups. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 This coincided with the end of state censorship (in 1996) and the removal of a cultural embargo with Japan in 2000, which led to an upsurge in Japanese consumption of Korean culture, prompting a need to meet the demand of the new audience. Shain Shapiro, Forbes, 6 July 2021 After years of declining crime rates, the United States is suddenly contending with an upsurge in shootings and murders — and the numbers are sobering. Doyle Mcmanus Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, 28 June 2021 After years of declining crime rates, the United States is suddenly contending with an upsurge in shootings and murders — and the numbers are sobering. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2021 The recent upsurge in COVID-19 cases in Texas is hitting the state economically as well as in terms of lives lost, a new study concludes. Alain Sherter, CBS News, 20 Aug. 2021 Fentanyl, a synthetic prescription painkiller, has been blamed for an upsurge of overdose deaths across the United States and can be deadly in small doses when taken. al, 12 Aug. 2021 That country has also reported just one wild virus case in this year, after a similar upsurge from 12 in 2018 to 84 last year. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, 10 Aug. 2021 The company’s latest earnings report showed an upsurge in business, but also hedges expectations for the fall. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 13 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'upsurge.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of upsurge

1917, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About upsurge

Time Traveler for upsurge

Time Traveler

The first known use of upsurge was in 1917

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near upsurge




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for upsurge

Last Updated

22 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Upsurge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for upsurge



English Language Learners Definition of upsurge

: a rapid or sudden increase or rise

More from Merriam-Webster on upsurge

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for upsurge

Nglish: Translation of upsurge for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!