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

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Examples of uptick in a Sentence

an uptick in sales over the last fiscal year
Recent Examples on the Web Experts are warning of an uptick in cases due to the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, which now accounts for roughly 83 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the country. BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2021 It’s part of an uptick that began shortly after the state fully reopened its economy on June 15. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021 Though market sentiment can be fickle, and evidence of an uptick in new cases could spook investors once again. Trefis Team, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Hotel occupancy rates just started showing encouraging signs of an uptick in early May, said Kevin Carroll, executive director of the Hotel Council of San Francisco, with a noticeable bump on Memorial Day weekend. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 June 2021 The sticking point for pitchers isn’t that MLB wants to crack down — it’s the hastiness of the uptick. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 June 2021 Though levels are still low, there are signs of an uptick under way: So far this year, companies with Black founders have received 1.4% of all U.S. venture-capital funding, according to data from Crunchbase. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, 18 June 2021 There were also internal warnings of an uptick in posts on various sites that included maps of the Capitol, including its underground tunnels. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2021 Many Romans, so dependent on tourism, welcome the beginnings of an uptick. Washington Post, 19 May 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Uptick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uptick. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uptick

US : a small increase or rise


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