up·​surge | \ˈəp-ˌsərj \

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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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 The upsurge is part of that trend where consumers are seeking experiences instead of material things. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These rooftop bars and restaurants will help you live your best summer," 18 June 2018 Lately, there’s been an upsurge of interest and experimentation around synthetic fuels. David Roberts, Vox, "Sucking carbon out of the air won’t solve climate change," 14 June 2018 The stunning performance is likely to see an upsurge in interest for the tenacious player's services this summer, as elite teams from across Europe look to lure him away from the Bernabéu after five successful seasons in La Liga., "Fans Vote Gareth Bale Man of the Match as Real Madrid Beat Liverpool in Champions League Final," 27 May 2018 Despite the recent upsurge in employment, payroll growth is about half as fast as the average of the 25 other major cities. Joel Naroff,, "The reason a CEO is asking to have his business taxed more," 4 Apr. 2018 The organization blamed the national political climate for the upsurge in activity. Adam Ferrise,, "Serial brick-throwing at Cleveland abortion clinic cited in annual report," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of upsurge

1917, in the meaning defined above

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: a rapid or sudden increase or rise

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