upturn

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verb

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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to turn upward

upturn

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noun

up·​turn ˈəp-ˌtərn How to pronounce upturn (audio)
: an upward turn especially toward better conditions or higher prices

Example Sentences

Verb at this point the road upturns steeply, the trees become scarcer, and the valley unfolds before you
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Herbert Diess said Tuesday that the war in Ukraine threatened to upturn the company’s projections for this year. Sean Mclain, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 Hundreds of residents have shown up at local government meetings, voicing concerns that the plant will upturn their daily lives and harm the local water supply. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, 22 Feb. 2022 People who prefer parkas that don’t upturn and shield from above the shoulders to shins might win the argument on which waterproof covering works best. oregonlive, 4 Dec. 2021 Across the same time period, scientists estimate a 1.6 degree Fahrenheit upturn in the over-lake air temperature for all the Great Lakes — with most of the change also occurring since the late 1990s. Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 19 May 2020 Across Kentucky, the novel coronavirus has upturned lives in countless ways. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, 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, 24 Mar. 2020
Noun
The upturn comes as large institutional investors such as hedge and pension funds retreat from risky bets on nascent tech companies. Angus Loten, WSJ, 21 June 2022 Most data point to an upturn in the S&P 500 after the midterm elections. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2022 The government scaled back restrictions in June after a lull in outbreaks, before an unusual upturn in cases during the summer that affected large numbers of wild birds in coastal areas as well as some farm flocks inland. Fox News, 3 Oct. 2022 An upturn will be needed just to avoid a 100-loss finish. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2022 However, there was an upturn the next reporting period. Giacomo Bologna, Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr. 2022 Prospective homebuyers may soon experience some respite in the rapid upturn in borrowing costs given the US 10-year Treasury yield has eased so far this week. Vince Golle, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Oct. 2022 Bournemouth continued its upturn in results since firing Scott Parker after a 9-0 loss at Liverpool at the end of August. Steve Douglas, ajc, 17 Sep. 2022 As Jennifer Haberkorn and Emily Alpert Reyes reported, the increase — from 862,320 abortions in 2017 to 930,160 in 2020 — marked the first upturn in decades. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upturn was in 1567

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Cite this Entry

“Upturn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upturn. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

upturn 1 of 2

verb

up·​turn ˈəp-ˌtərn How to pronounce upturn (audio)
ˌəp-ˈtərn
1
: to turn up or over
an upturned boat
2
: to turn or direct upward
upturned faces

upturn

2 of 2

noun

up·​turn ˈəp-ˌtərn How to pronounce upturn (audio)
: an upward turning (as toward better conditions or higher prices)

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