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

Example Sentences

an upswing of the arms
Recent Examples on the Web The school’s finances and enrollment numbers appear to be on the upswing, but years of struggles and outdated infrastructure will likely take a while to overcome. Andrea Williams Taylor Baucom, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2022 Democrats won the last four presidential elections in Nevada and until recently seemed to be on the upswing due to an influx of Latinos and other new arrivals with higher Democratic registrations. Jim Carlton, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2022 Democrats won the past four presidential elections in Nevada and until recently seemed to be on the upswing, in part because of an influx of Latino residents. Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2022 Demand for physician services is expected to continue to outstrip supply in the coming decades, as people age and need more care at the same time the number of retiring physicians is on the upswing. Michelle Andrews, CNN, 7 Nov. 2022 Republicans have hammered Democrats for their sprawling stimulus aid earlier in the pandemic that helped supercharged demand and sent inflation on the upswing. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2022 Rows of compact, often tiny, houses, built in the 19th century, when Baltimore’s population was on the upswing, declined in value and condition. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 3 Sep. 2022 The state’s flu monitoring report shows Florida’s flu season started on Oct. 2, and emergency department visits with a discharge diagnosis of flu are already on the upswing. Cindy Krischer Goodman, Sun Sentinel, 26 Oct. 2022 His rap career was on the upswing, but college was on hold. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 21 Oct. 2022 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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Cite this Entry

“Upswing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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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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