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[v. uhp-surj; n. uhp-surj] /v. ʌpˈsɜrdʒ; n. ˈʌpˌsɜrdʒ/
verb (used without object), upsurged, upsurging.
to surge up; increase; rise:
Water upsurged. Crime upsurged.
the act of surging up; a large or rapid increase:
an upsurge in sales.
Origin of upsurge
1915-20; up- + surge Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for upsurge


verb (ʌpˈsɜːdʒ)
(intransitive) (mainly literary) to surge up
noun (ˈʌpˌsɜːdʒ)
a rapid rise or swell
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Word Origin and History for upsurge

1928, from up- + surge (n.).

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