up·​swing ˈəp-ˌswiŋ How to pronounce upswing (audio)
: an upward swing
: 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 Efficiency was on an upswing even before Stan Ulam, as the engineers and managers of the early twentieth century sought ways to codify their processes. Coco Krumme, WIRED, 13 Sep. 2023 Most of 2022 was bear season, as the bear market lasted a full 10 months by some metrics before 2023’s upswing. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2023 Although some challenges include healthcare and job satisfaction, the economy has been on an upswing and there are many international school options for families. Lilly Graves, Travel + Leisure, 6 June 2023 Jones and his classmates, seeking certificates and other short-term credentials, not associate degrees, are part of that upswing. Olivia Sanchez, al, 18 Apr. 2023 The crypto market’s upswing mirrors a rise in the stock market, as the S&P 500 is also up about 1%, and the Nasdaq 2%. Ben Weiss, Fortune Crypto, 24 Aug. 2023 This summer, the upswing is coming later and is much smaller, hospitalization and wastewater data suggests. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2023 It’s been on a major upswing since 2019 and is on its way to peaking again in 2024. oregonlive, 11 July 2023 But will this upswing be short-lived because of Republican tantrums over the debt ceiling and the coming battle over the budget? Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 26 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of upswing was in 1922

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“Upswing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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up·​swing ˈəp-ˌswiŋ How to pronounce upswing (audio)
: an upward swing
especially : a marked increase or improvement (as in activity)
business is on the upswing

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