up·​swing | \ ˈəp-ˌswiŋ How to pronounce upswing (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Big Ten baseball has been on the upswing in recent years, with five teams making the field for three of the last five national tournaments and Michigan reaching the College World Series finals in 2019. Eric Olson, Star Tribune, "B10 baseball momentum could slow with no nonconference games," 1 Mar. 2021 But vaccinations are showing encouraging results, more stimulus is on the way, and most demand forecasts for the second half of the year are on the upswing. Dan Eberhart, Forbes, "Oil’s Remarkable Price Run Is Just Beginning," 1 Mar. 2021 Remote work was on the upswing prior to the pandemic, especially among smaller firms. Gregory Barber, Wired, "If Work Is Going Remote, Why Is Big Tech Still Building?," 16 Feb. 2021 Before the pause, the team was on the upswing – winning seven in a row. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild pregame: After long wait, season opens tonight in Los Angeles," 14 Jan. 2021 Abrams and her fellow Democrats enter this election cycle on an upswing. Greg Bluestein Cox Newspapers, Star Tribune, "Kemp allies start 'Stop Stacey' group as possible rematch looms," 1 Feb. 2021 For years, Nashville has been in the midst of an upswing, with construction cranes dotting the skyline. New York Times, "A Tornado, a Pandemic and Now a Bombing: ‘Nashville Strong’ Is Tested," 28 Dec. 2020 Camping World Stadium will either push the Hurricanes into 2021 on an upswing or compound the misery from the regular-season finale against North Carolina. David Furones,, "Hurricanes look to finish 2020 on a positive, bridge into ‘21 in Cheez-It Bowl vs. Oklahoma State," 28 Dec. 2020 And in some places, public health authorities are keeping an eye on viral counts in sewage to tell them when the virus might be on an upswing. Joanne Silberner, Wired, "Test Positivity Is a Bad Way to Measure Covid’s Spread," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of upswing

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of upswing was in 1922

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6 Mar 2021

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“Upswing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce upswing (audio) \

Kids Definition of upswing

: a great increase or rise an upswing in business

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