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upturn

verb up·turn \ ˈəp-ˌtərn , ˌəp-ˈtərn \
|Updated on: 31 Jul 2018

Definition of upturn

upturned; upturning; upturns
1 : to turn up or over
2 : to direct upward
: to turn upward

Examples of upturn in a Sentence

  1. at this point the road upturns steeply, the trees become scarcer, and the valley unfolds before you

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First Known Use of upturn

1567

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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upturn

noun up·turn \ ˈəp-ˌtərn \

Definition of upturn

: an upward turn especially toward better conditions or higher prices

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First Known Use of upturn

1864

in the meaning defined above

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UPTURN Defined for English Language Learners

upturn

Definition of upturn for English Language Learners

  • : an increase or improvement


UPTURN Defined for Kids

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upturn

verb up·turn \ ˈəp-ˌtərn , ˌəp-ˈtərn \

Definition of upturn for Students

upturned; upturning
: to turn upward or up or over

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upturn

noun up·turn \ ˈəp-ˌtərn \

Definition of upturn for Students

: an upward turning (as toward better conditions)


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