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 upswingher career is on the upswing

Examples of upswing in a Sentence

an upswing of the arms
Recent Examples on the Web The Hilltoppers are already on the upswing under coach Tyson Helton, who led the Hilltoppers to a wacky, last-second comeback victory over Western Michigan in the First Responder Bowl to finish the season 9-4. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Bowl wins highlight bright future for Bluegrass State's FBS teams," 31 Dec. 2019 So what does this all mean for investors that have been riding the upswing in builders this year? Washington Post, "Housing market trends could extend builder stocks’ big gains," 19 Dec. 2019 While most will be dry today, rain chances are forecast to be on the upswing across the state starting on Tuesday as an unsettled pattern takes hold. Leigh Morgan, al, "Thanksgiving week weather 2019: Travel days may be soggy but drier for turkey time," 25 Nov. 2019 Boise State's lone loss is at Brigham Young, which is bowl eligible, and the Broncos are helped by Florida State's upswing in the past two weeks. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Five questions the third College Football Playoff rankings will answer," 19 Nov. 2019 Within America’s market the prices of industrial stocks, which do well in business-cycle upswings, have risen relative to the prices of utility stocks, a safer bet in hard times. The Economist, "The improved mood in financial markets," 14 Nov. 2019 But the recent upswing has shored up faith in the expansion, and many top Wall Street firms are telling clients the risk of a recession next year is modest., "The last time the Fed cut rates to zero was during the Great Recession, and it has never adopted negative rates, even during the 1930s when one-quarter of the labor force was idle.," 14 Nov. 2019 Many of the children tested positive for the virus in samples taken from their nose, mouth or stools, and upswings in the cases of paralysis often coincided with increases in enterovirus infections overall. Erin Allday,, "UCSF finds major clue to the cause of sudden-onset paralysis in children," 21 Oct. 2019 Radeon GPUs and Ryzen CPUs are on the upswing but still a rarity in the mobile world, where Intel chips and Nvidia GPUs dominate. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "MSI's affordable Alpha 15 gaming laptop goes all-AMD with Radeon RX 5500, Ryzen 7, and FreeSync," 7 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

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“Upswing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of upswing

: a situation in which something is increasing or becoming better
: an upward swing


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Kids Definition of upswing

: a great increase or rise an upswing in business

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