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

Definition of upsurge

: a rapid or sudden rise an upsurge in interest

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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.

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Perhaps a decline in hedonic happiness lies behind the upsurge in support for populists, swamping the rise in evaluative happiness. The Economist, "Why are happy people voting for angry parties?," 11 July 2019 Taher was the second person killed a recent upsurge in homicides in Cincinnati. Cameron Knight,, "Arrest made in East Price Hill killing," 11 June 2019 Yet scholars of social movements have long noted that there is no direct path leading from economic deterioration and public malcontent to political upsurges and collective mobilization. Kevan Harris, Washington Post, "How years of increasing labor unrest signaled Iran’s latest protest wave," 19 Jan. 2018 Is the upsurge in mutations merely a secondary consequence of a repair process inherently prone to error? Quanta Magazine, "Beating the Odds for Lucky Mutations," 16 Aug. 2017 The British government vowed to step up detection and enforcement, while makers of counterdrone systems experienced an upsurge in customer interest. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Alphabet Unit Tests New System to Identify Airborne Drones," 13 Jan. 2019 Kenya’s reputation has been seriously damaged by the upsurge in doping cases in recent years, which has been accompanied by multiple incidents of rule-breaking and corruption. Gerald Imray, The Seattle Times, "Anti-doping group moves to close loophole with lab in Kenya," 27 Aug. 2018 April polling recorded an upsurge of public support for retaliation in response to U.S. violations of the JCPOA, a sentiment that most likely has increased after the U.S. withdrawal. Shervin Malekzadeh, Washington Post, "What Trump doesn’t get about ideology in Iran. It’s about nationalism, not theocracy.," 25 June 2018 Nope, not another traffic cone: Monarch butterflies are in their high summer mating and reproductive stages, and Chicago, placed squarely in the center of their migratory range, is enjoying the annual upsurge in sightings of the beloved butterfly. Cindy Dampier,, "Why Chicago might be the best place to save the monarch butterfly," 13 July 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of upsurge

: a rapid or sudden increase or rise

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