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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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 The flip side is that [a rebranding] doesn’t immediately lead to an upsurge in [sales] volume. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "It costs a lot for a huge company like Dunkin’ Donuts to change its name. So what’s the payoff?," 25 Oct. 2018 An upsurge in attacks and the highest civilian casualty toll ever recorded by the U.N. in the first six months of 2018 underscore the difficulties Afghan forces face in trying to secure the country on their own. Fox News, "UN envoy: Afghanistan is in best position for peace talks," 18 Sep. 2018 Fears of a collapse of the Mexican peso have so far proved fleeting, as the national currency experienced one of its sharpest upsurges in years following Lopez Obrador’s election, thanks in part to a downturn in the value of the U.S. dollar. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Once denounced as a political threat, Lopez Obrador is now the darling of Mexico," 10 July 2018 Otherwise, AT&T’s place in the annals of antitrust will stand for a decline in competition as well as an upsurge. The Economist, "AT&T and Time Warner are cleared to merge," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of upsurge

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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a strong desire or propensity

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