up·turn | \ˈəp-ˌtərn, 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


up·turn | \ˈəp-ˌtərn \

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

arise, ascend, aspire, climb, lift, mount, rise, soar, thrust, up, uprise, upthrust

Antonyms: Verb

decline, descend, dip, drop, fall (off), plunge

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Examples of upturn in a Sentence


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

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Favorites were held or humbled, outsiders came from nowhere to upturn the form guide, late winners broke hearts and provided fresh hope and the landscape of many groups tilted entirely from what was expected. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "2018 FIFA World Cup power rankings: Updates after every match," 19 June 2018 Number 520 holds sugar; 375 and 2,213 are upturned on the dish-rack, drying; and 2,831 is half-filled with coffee and rimmed in lipstick. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "Meet the Berlin Artist Making a Million Porcelain Dishes Before She Dies," 1 July 2018 Serve It Proudly Before your friends come over, put your masterpiece on display and upturn the bottle of vodka into it. Paula Forbes, GQ, "How to Actually Pull Off a Vodka Watermelon," 20 June 2018 While putting the cocktail together, Sanchez upturns the serving glass over a piece of smoldering wood to capture a bit more smoke. Maggie Hoffman, SFChronicle.com, "Meet School Night, Dogpatch’s weeknight-only bar," 13 June 2018 John Irving’s The Cider House Rules was the novel that upturned my belief system and probably altered the whole course of my life. Graham Linehan, Time, "What My Wife’s Abortion Taught Me About Why Men Should Stand With Women in the Ireland Referendum," 25 May 2018 What happened in Santa Fe was just the latest in a seemingly endless string of shootings at schools, churches and movie theaters — places where Americans’ routines have been upturned with sudden gunfire and tragedy. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "A Santa Fe shooting survivor’s reaction has shaken people around the country," 18 May 2018 That all changed Thursday, May 3, when Woerishofer-Breitwish and her family had their lives upturned when they were forced to evacuate their home because of lava flowing from volcano eruptions in Pahoa. Tyler Langan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hawaii family with Wisconsin roots fears their home may be destroyed by lava from the Kilauea volcano," 8 May 2018 Arizona scored three times in the inning and created enough distance to capture this series and leave the Dodgers' process upturned. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Clayton Kershaw takes his second loss as the Dodgers' bullpen fails miserably against Arizona," 4 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The minutes did reveal one potential source of caution: concern that trade policy could hold back business investment and weaken economic growth relative to officials’ forecasts for a sustained upturn this year and next. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Expects to Keep Raising Rates, Ending Years of Stimulus," 5 July 2018 With the oil and gas sector in an upturn, our goals are about capturing growth and being the number one provider for our customers and employer-of-choice for our employees. Ilene Bassler, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Strict immigration policies ripple through talent pool," 12 July 2018 Videos of England supporters celebrating in the streets have become the summer's hottest viral trend, with fans from up and down the country keen to show their approval of the Three Lions' upturn in fortunes this year. SI.com, "England Fans Descend on IKEA Store After England Knock Sweden Out of World Cup," 8 July 2018 Germany’s economy -- supported by strong domestic spending and booming global trade -- is in the midst of an upturn that has seen manufacturing at the pinnacle of the expansion. Bloomberg.com, "German Factory Orders Rebound on Euro-Area Demand for Investment," 5 Apr. 2018 The composite index fell to 49.7 in February from 52.5 in the previous month as the drop in service sector activity outweighed an upturn in manufacturing production showed by a survey last week. Bloomberg.com, "India Services PMI Slumps as Pressure Builds on Modi to Spur GDP," 5 Mar. 2018 California’s largest public-employee pension fund saw an upturn in profits generated from its investments in the last year, officials reported Thursday, a record that offered some improvement to its long-term fiscal stability. John Myers, latimes.com, "CalPERS reports investment returns that improve the pension fund's long-term outlook," 12 July 2018 The upturn marks the reversal of a prolonged slump in business-loan growth that began in earnest about two years ago. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "Business-Loan Drought Ends for Banks," 8 July 2018 Valencia have seen an upturn in their fortunes since the appointment of Marcelino as manager and the club finished 4th in La Liga last season. SI.com, "Valencia Close to Completing €15m Signing of Atletico Madrid Forward Kevin Gameiro," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of upturn


1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1864, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of upturn

: an increase or improvement


up·turn | \ˈəp-ˌtərn, ˌəp-ˈtərn\
upturned; upturning

Kids Definition of upturn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to turn upward or up or over


up·turn | \ˈəp-ˌtərn \

Kids Definition of upturn (Entry 2 of 2)

: an upward turning (as toward better conditions)

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