up·​swing | \ˈəp-ˌswiŋ \

Definition of upswing 

1 : an upward swing

2 : a marked increase or improvement a dramatic upswing in profits often used in the phrase on the upswing her career is on the upswing

Examples of upswing in a Sentence

an upswing of the arms

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Today, however, with shoppers feeling more free to spend and nicer malls on the upswing, bankruptcy is a clear sign of individual weakness, not an industry trend. Gerald Porter Jr., The Seattle Times, "Sears files for bankruptcy just as things are looking up for U.S. retail," 15 Oct. 2018 The summer engagement is officially on the upswing. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Is Getting Engaged This Summer?," 1 Aug. 2018 Guatemala hasn’t recently seen an upswing in violence, poverty hasn’t worsened and the national political situation hasn’t changed. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "As Migration From Guatemala Surges, U.S. Officials Seek Answers," 13 Oct. 2018 Now, with new CEO Patrice Louvet in place and earnings on the upswing, Lauren, who remains chairman and chief creative officer, enters the second half-century of his business with the wind at his back. Pamela Hanson, Town & Country, "Ralph Lauren Talks Family, Fashion, and His Global Empire's 50th Anniversary," 10 Oct. 2018 The sun’s shining, humidity levels are on the upswing, and bugs are zipping through the air. Hartford Courant,, "CNET: Get Fired Up About These New Gas Grills," 11 July 2018 With trouble simmering in emerging markets such as Argentina and Turkey, the broadest upswing in the global economy in years looks a little vulnerable. Andrew Mayeda,, "Turbulent Week for Trump's Trade Tactics Puts the World on Edge," 24 May 2018 Teenagers might take a pill for fun – and end up swallowing one that's tainted with illicit fentanyl, the hugely potent opioid that's been blamed for the upswing in overdose deaths, Adams said. Terry Demio,, "U.S. surgeon general in Northern Kentucky: Yes, naloxone is enabling – enabling recovery," 9 Apr. 2018 For a while, things seem to be on the upswing for Cassius. Justin Chang,, "Review: Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You' is an arrestingly surreal satire on class rage and cultural identity," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of upswing

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of upswing

: a situation in which something is increasing or becoming better

: an upward swing


up·​swing | \ˈəp-ˌswiŋ \

Kids Definition of upswing

: a great increase or rise an upswing in business

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