up·​tick | \ ˈəp-ˌtik \

Definition of uptick

: increase, rise an uptick in sales an uptick in hiring

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Examples of uptick in a Sentence

an uptick in sales over the last fiscal year

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The school safety officers saw an uptick in activity. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Crime + Punishment," 22 Aug. 2018 The popular Mexican resort town has seen an uptick in violence in recent months. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Cancun horror as 8 bodies, including 2 dismembered in bags, found on streets," 22 Aug. 2018 From the satellite imagery, researchers noticed that Colombia lost 1 million acres of forest in 2017, a stunning 46 percent uptick from the previous year. New York Times, "Tropical Forests Suffered Near-Record Tree Losses in 2017," 27 June 2018 More recently, there has been an uptick from Syria and Egypt. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Asylum 101: Here are the basics of what it is and who gets it," 22 June 2018 Citywide, the total number of shootings between Jan. 1 and June 10 decreased from 90 last year to 76 this year, although fatal shootings saw an uptick from 12 to 19. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Last year in Boston, about half of all guns traced by police had out-of-state origins," 15 June 2018 The 2018 tally, released Wednesday, showed a significant uptick from last year in the number of homeless people in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Homelessness rose after Harvey, Houston-area census shows," 23 May 2018 Overall women employees: Women make up 38% of Uber’s global workforce in 2018, an uptick of 1.9% from last year. — Women in leadership roles: In 2017, women in leadership roles accounted for 22% of Uber’s employee base. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Tuesday, April 24," 24 Apr. 2018 That’s a slight uptick from 20 percent in 2017, 18 percent in 2016 and 17 percent in 2015. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202, Davos Edition: The Trump administration is sending a lot of people to Davos," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of uptick

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uptick

up entry 2 + tick entry 1

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Financial Definition of uptick

What It Is

Uptick refers to the increase in the market price of a security over the preceding transaction.

How It Works

If a new trading price for a security is higher than the preceding one (even by one cent), the security is on an uptick. For example, stock XYZ is trading for $10.00 per share. If the next time stock XYZ is traded it sells for $10.01, it has had an uptick.

An uptick is also sometimes called a plus tick.

Why It Matters

Upticks are most important when it comes to short-selling stocks. The "uptick rule," which was in place from 1938-2007, required every short-sale transaction be entered on an uptick. This rule was instated to keep short sellers from putting unjust pressure on a stock's price, adding to a security's downward spiral.

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English Language Learners Definition of uptick

US : a small increase or rise

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