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 Western world has long seen upticks in nostalgia and reactionism when people are frustrated, fatigued, or frightened. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 Those attributes shouldn’t be obscured, Zugschwerdt said, by a recent uptick in shootings. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "After shootings, South Park teens plant seeds for a safer future," 11 June 2018 As supplements continue to flood the market, there’s been an uptick in independent testing companies. Peter Andrey Smith, Outside Online, "Don't Trust the Label on Your Supplements," 5 July 2018 Indeed, the hair-extension industry continues to grow, even as there is an uptick in black women (who are believed to account for around 70 percent of the business) embracing their natural hair and eschewing chemical straighteners and texturizers. Noel Cymone Walker, Allure, "Why Wig and Extension Brands Are Turning Their Focus to Hair-Care Analysis," 27 June 2018 Recently, there has been an uptick of migrants leaving from other North African points who have been rescued by Spain in the Strait of Gibraltar. Nicole Winfield, BostonGlobe.com, "Official hangs tough on barring migrants from Italy’s ports," 25 June 2018 In 2015-16, there was an uptick in his personal production (29 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds per) but Houston (41-41) took a significant step backward before falling to the Warriors in the first round. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Houston Rockets star James Harden wins first career NBA MVP award," 25 June 2018 But interestingly, season after season, there has been an uptick in cast members and storylines that explore the lives of LGBTQ+ people all over the gender and sexuality spectrum. refinery29.com, "The Evolution Of LGBTQ+ Representation On This Black Reality Show," 11 June 2018 After the first movie’s release, there was an uptick in recruitment for pilots, CNN reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Air Force, Navy battle over ‘Top Gun’ sequel," 2 June 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

: a small increase or rise

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