upturn

verb
up·​turn | \ ˈəp-ˌtərn How to pronounce upturn (audio) , ˌəp-ˈtərn \
upturned; upturning; upturns

Definition of upturn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to turn up or over
2 : to direct upward

intransitive verb

: to turn upward

upturn

noun
up·​turn | \ ˈəp-ˌtərn How to pronounce upturn (audio) \

Definition of upturn (Entry 2 of 2)

: an upward turn especially toward better conditions or higher prices

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Synonyms & Antonyms for upturn

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of upturn in a Sentence

Verb at this point the road upturns steeply, the trees become scarcer, and the valley unfolds before you
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Since the announcement, players such as Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields have expressed their discontent with the season's postponement, with Fields going so far as to create an online petition to upturn the Big Ten's decision. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football veterans question Big Ten's postponement: 'We should've been heard'," 20 Aug. 2020 For the most recent the fall ‘20 runway show last February, Michele upturned the fashion show structure completely. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Gucci’s Version Of A Quarantine Is Extremely Chic," 19 May 2020 Across Kentucky, the novel coronavirus has upturned lives in countless ways. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus midday update: How the pandemic has upturned the lives of these Kentuckians," 24 Apr. 2020 The irritability, whining and tantrums pile up during a nap-free afternoon, which can upturn a household. Craig Canapari, New York Times, "Your Kids Refuse to Nap? There’s Hope," 24 Mar. 2020 But the pandemic’s unprecedented scope has upturned conventional norms. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "John Cornyn signals openness to giving Americans direct cash payments in response to coronavirus," 18 Mar. 2020 Then in late February his life was drastically upturned, along with millions of others, when Italy’s government put the north of the country on lockdown in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Vivienne Walt, Time, "These Italian Kids Are Going to School Online During the Coronavirus Lockdown," 12 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, populists from across the spectrum itched to upturn the comfy order that those in Brussels were attempting to build. The Economist, "Charlemagne Make Europe Boring Again!," 13 Feb. 2020 When her bandages are taken off, the audience sees that nothing appears wrong with her face — until the other characters are taken out of the shadows and have upturned noses and giant, twisted mouths. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Ariana Grande Transforms Her Home into a 'Haunted Hotel' for Star-Studded Halloween Party," 2 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But unlike more isolated outbreaks of prior months, this winter upturn is more diffuse, as places once considered havens—a family gathering at home or work sites long reopened—are now the outbreak origins. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "Covid-19 Surge Hits South Korea and Japan, After They Had Contained Virus," 9 Dec. 2020 The comment to reporters, after policy makers agreed to keep their stimulus settings unchanged for now, highlights how the resurgent disease has derailed the region’s upturn. Carolynn Look, Bloomberg.com, "Lagarde Primes ECB for More Economic Stimulus," 29 Oct. 2020 For India’s nearly 70 million traders, who employ about 400 million people, an upturn could not come fast enough. The Christian Science Monitor, "India prepares for Diwali festival, ignoring COVID concerns," 13 Nov. 2020 Only one fifth of companies expect an upturn in the Swiss economy in the coming year, and 82% predict higher unemployment. Catherine Bosley, Bloomberg.com, "Swiss Salary Survey Sees Smallest Pay Raises in Decades Are Coming," 29 Oct. 2020 The sudden upturn shows the nightmarish realities of exponential growth at work. The Economist, "The second wave of covid-19 has sent much of Europe back into lockdown," 7 Nov. 2020 So far, the new upturn in infections has not resulted in a surge in deaths, which are at a small fraction of the levels in March and April, when the pandemic tore through Europe’s nursing homes. Thomas Mulier, Bloomberg.com, "Europe Passes U.S. in New Covid Cases, Returning as Hot Spot," 11 Sep. 2020 So far, the new upturn in infections has not resulted in a surge in deaths, which are at a small fraction of the levels in March and April, when the pandemic tore through Europe’s nursing homes. Thomas Mulier, Fortune, "Europe overtakes U.S. as COVID-19 hotspot as infections surge," 10 Sep. 2020 That suggests that the pandemic is still coloring the moods of consumers, and hints that another outbreak could reverse the optimistic upturn. Gwynn Guilford, WSJ, "Consumers Grow More Confident About U.S. Economy," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of upturn

Verb

1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Upturn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upturn. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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upturn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of upturn

: an increase or improvement

upturn

verb
up·​turn | \ ˈəp-ˌtərn How to pronounce upturn (audio) , ˌəp-ˈtərn \
upturned; upturning

Kids Definition of upturn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to turn upward or up or over

upturn

noun
up·​turn | \ ˈəp-ˌtərn How to pronounce upturn (audio) \

Kids Definition of upturn (Entry 2 of 2)

: an upward turning (as toward better conditions)

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