up·​tick ˈəp-ˌtik How to pronounce uptick (audio)
plural upticks
: 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
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 Disciplined consolidation While the M&A spike was boosted by two mega-mergers announced in October, there was a strong uptick in deal volume and size–with the number of transactions greater than US$1 billion up 17% versus 2022. Andrea Guerzoni, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 There has been a significant uptick in excavation in the last five days. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 Athletics officials have said there’s already been an uptick in ticket sales since former UCLA running back and longtime assistant coach DeShaun Foster was hired as Kelly’s successor. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Wiener has also highlighted an uptick in antisemitism faced by the state’s Jewish communities since October, including bomb threats. Ari Plachta, Sacramento Bee, 14 Feb. 2024 Drivers can expect to pay the highest price for a gallon of gas in Hawaii, which boasts an average of $4.70, a slight uptick from a month ago ($4.68), but decently below the price drivers saw in the Aloha State last year, at $4.89. Brian Bushard, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 While most still use legal ports of entry, more than 12,200 migrants were apprehended crossing illegally from Canada in 2023, a 241% uptick from the 3,578 arrested the previous year. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 11 Feb. 2024 The Eagles said there has been an uptick in fan support from both students and people who live in Fremont. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 Though layoffs remain at low levels, there has been an uptick in job cuts recently across technology and media. Matt Ott, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


up entry 2 + tick entry 1

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of uptick was in 1952

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“Uptick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uptick. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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