upsurge

noun

up·​surge ˈəp-ˌsərj How to pronounce upsurge (audio)
: 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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The White House is upping its messaging about a potential winter upsurge in COVID cases. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2022 At the time, there was an upsurge of Sixties-style stuff again, Creation Records and acid house, eventually Oasis. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2022 All states now offer a permanent amnesty to gun owners and in recent years there has been an upsurge in collections. Philip Alpers, CNN, 1 June 2022 Currently, America is going through an upsurge in right-wing violence, according to researchers who track attacks and other incidents. Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2022 Currently, America is going through an upsurge in right-wing violence, according to researchers who track attacks and other incidents. Melanie Mason And David Lauter, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Oct. 2022 Amid the sudden upsurge in violence, the president of the United Arab Emirates will go to Russia on Tuesday to meet with Putin, the two countries said. Patrick Donahue, Fortune, 10 Oct. 2022 The ruler of the United Arab Emirates will travel to Russia on Tuesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin, amid an upsurge in the conflict between Moscow and Kyiv. Time, 10 Oct. 2022 First, the new upsurge in labor organizing is not an accident. How To Save A Country, The New Republic, 6 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of upsurge was in 1917

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“Upsurge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upsurge. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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upsurge

noun

up·​surge ˈəp-ˌsərj How to pronounce upsurge (audio)
: a rapid or sudden rise
an upsurge of popularity

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