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 Despite the uptick in deaths, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis presented an optimistic outlook for the state at a press conference on Tuesday. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Florida breaks state's single-day death record for third day in a row," 30 July 2020 Health experts predict that there will be an uptick in cases the more people are mobile. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Cell phone data show Americans hit the road over July 4, even as coronavirus surged," 12 July 2020 There was an uptick of revenue generated ($530.4 million). John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: A doozy of dizzy developments for the Pac-12 Conference," 11 July 2020 But the bottom line is that favorable background atmospheric conditions are aligning for what should be a noticeable uptick in tropical activity in the Atlantic over the next few weeks. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: It’s hot and will stay that way Sunday and beyond," 11 July 2020 The Republican National Convention, however, is still slated to take place in Jacksonville, Florida, in August despite the uptick. NBC News, "U.S. has seen more than 3 million coronavirus cases," 7 July 2020 Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged schools to reopen fully for in-person classes this fall despite an uptick in coronavirus cases across the country. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'Students across the country have already fallen behind': Betsy DeVos says schools 'must' reopen in fall," 7 July 2020 Forst said that Stockton remains a consideration, despite the uptick in COVID-19 cases in San Joaquin County, but the team also has had conversations with facilities in Alameda and Stanislaus Counties. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s try to balance quick preparations vs. injury risks after 3 months away," 3 July 2020 Despite the uptick in COVID-19 cases, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the White House had no regrets about encouraging states to end their lockdown measures. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Trump says administration has done 'incredible job' with coronavirus, despite daily cases climbing to high," 2 July 2020

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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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The first known use of uptick was in 1952

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3 Aug 2020

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“Uptick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uptick. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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US : a small increase or rise

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