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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Recent Examples on the Web Riding an upsurge in Sushi’s price, Nomi exchanged his high-flying tokens for $15 million in Ethereum this weekend. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Is the SushiSwap saga a preview of a new wave of crypto chaos?," 9 Sep. 2020 That’s created tensions over how to handle the latest upsurge. Iain Rogers,, "France Eyes Lockdown as Last Resort in Europe’s Virus Fight," 29 Aug. 2020 The upsurge follows unprecedented service cuts that corresponded with historic passenger losses. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Metro doubles service as region tries to bounce back from pandemic, but will riders be there?," 16 Aug. 2020 Jeffrey said there has been an upsurge in IS activities in desert areas in eastern and southeastern Syria near the border with Jordan and Iraq. Star Tribune, "Blast hits pipeline in Syria, causing wide power outages," 24 Aug. 2020 This year is likely to see another upsurge but things will be complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. Maggie Fox, CNN, "CDC warns parents to be on lookout for acute flaccid myelitis in children," 4 Aug. 2020 The book, published in 2018, is about race relations in the United States, and has seen an upsurge in sales and readers since Floyd was killed at the hands of white Minneapolis police officers earlier this year. Steve Smith,, "Vernon Community Network to discuss ‘White Fragility’," 11 Aug. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has lead to an upsurge in remote work and the likelihood is that, for many, it’s here to stay. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "The best tips for managing remote workers in extraordinary times," 9 Aug. 2020 Criminologists say many of those elements likely have contributed to the recent upsurge. Emilie Eaton,, "Homicides spike in San Antonio, putting the city on track to have one of its deadliest years in decades," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of upsurge

1917, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2020

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“Upsurge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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: a rapid or sudden increase or rise

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