up·​tick | \ ˈəp-ˌtik How to pronounce uptick (audio) \
plural upticks

Definition of uptick

1 : an increase, rise, or upward trend For the professional middle class in particular, an uptick in innovation and a return to faster economic growth would solve many problems, and likely reignite income growth.— Don Peck Any near-term uptick in jobs will probably be small, because there's still plenty to be milked from existing workers.— Rana Foroohar
2 finance : a stock market transaction at a price above the last previous transaction in the same security Hong Kong has long required that stocks can only be sold short on upticks, meaning when the last trade of a specific stock in the market was higher than the preceding trade of that stock.— Martin Fackler and Keith Bradsher — compare downtick sense 2

Examples of uptick in a Sentence

an uptick in sales over the last fiscal year
Recent Examples on the Web The staff has also seen an uptick in velocity, especially in the bullpen. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 16 Sep. 2022 That is less forest than what was destroyed in the 1990s and early 2000s with the rapid expansion of soybean farms and government programs to bring settlers to the region, but still a sharp uptick from recent years. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 If anything, there’s a significant uptick in leaks, with last-minute reports delivering additional details about the new smartphone series. Chris Smith, BGR, 6 Sep. 2022 As federal law enforcement is faced with an uptick of racist, extremist online chatter, the hope with the bulletin is that local police, as well as community members, can connect the dots and spot red flags to any potential threats. Essence, 1 Sep. 2022 Still, Hong Kong has seen a slight uptick in the number of pedestrians killed as a result of not following traffic signals—from 4 individuals in 2019 to 6 in 2021, per Bloomberg. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2022 An uptick in premature death and disability, summed over millions of Americans, could strain the health-care system for years. Tim Requarth, The Atlantic, 29 Aug. 2022 Officials say there’s also evidence of an uptick in reckless behavior, such as driving impaired or without wearing a seat belt. Ian Duncan, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2022 Since 2020, my office has certainly seen an uptick in social media trolling, aggrieved emails, and calls into our office, and other communications that parrot the misinformation circulating widely in the national discourse. Wired, 22 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of uptick

1952, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for uptick

up entry 2 + tick entry 1

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21 Sep 2022

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“Uptick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uptick. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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