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


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

arise, ascend, aspire, climb, lift, mount, rise, soar, thrust, up, uprear, 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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Most notably, the hints that surfaced at the party that ended season 1 would’ve been maybe investigated a little further and talked about, but then there’s this huge tragic event that rocked the community and upturned everyone’s lives. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Big Little Lies' Adam Scott on Madeline's huge betrayal, the 'extremely dangerous' Mary Louise," 17 June 2019 On one occasion, Licitra recalls, the architect casually upturned a bowl of grated Parmesan on Licitra’s head. Alice Cavanagh, WSJ, "Explore the Genius of Italian Architect Gio Ponti," 18 Aug. 2018 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

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But common sense and the hard truth of history suggest thatVCs risking other people’s money look heroic in upturns and turn tail fasterthan any in downturns. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "When the Venture-Capital Subsidies Dry Up—Data Sheet," 19 Aug. 2019 At Georgia, such spending has marked a dramatic upturn that has accompanied Smart’s arrival after the 2015 season. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "The cost of college football recruiting — and winning — is now through the roof," 31 July 2019 Having finished in the bottom two in five of the previous six seasons, there was a slight upturn in the side's fortunes once Clough and Taylor came in, but both were dismissed less than 12 months into their tenure by volatile chairman Ernest Ord. SI.com, "Brian Clough: He Wasn't the Best Manager in the Business, But He Was in the Top 1," 29 July 2019 With few signs of an upturn in the current quarter, the UK may be headed for consecutive quarters of negative growth, which would amount to a technical recession. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "With Brexit looming, the UK economy went into reverse," 9 Aug. 2019 The overall retail sales result was also driven by robust auto sales growth, though with heavy discounts attracting buyers in June economists remain cautious on whether that upturn can be sustained. Fortune, "China’s Economy Grows at Its Slowest Rate Since 1992," 15 July 2019 An upturn will be required soon if the club is to make a run at a playoff spot. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Here's what FC Cincinnati has to do against the LA Galaxy at Nippert Stadium," 20 June 2019 Semiconductor and lens makers in Taiwan gained from the tech upturn to push the Taiex up 0.6% for the day and up 2.5% for the quarter so far with additional trading on Saturday still to come. Suryatapa Bhattacharya, WSJ, "Asia Stocks Rise; Many Markets Closed for Good Friday," 30 Mar. 2018 Republic of Ireland international McClean was also relegated from the Premier League, finishing bottom of the league table with West Brom despite a late upturn in form by the team. SI.com, "Gary Rowett Reportedly Targeting West Brom's James McClean as His 1st Signing as Stoke City Manager," 28 May 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 How to pronounce upturn (audio) , ˌəp-ˈtərn\
upturned; upturning

Kids Definition of upturn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to turn upward or up or over


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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