Why was clemency trending last week?


[uhp-tik] /ˈʌpˌtɪk/
a rise or improvement in business activity, in mood, etc.
Stock Exchange.
  1. a selling price that is higher than the last price.
  2. a slight upward trend in price.
    Compare downtick.
Origin of uptick
1950-55; up- + tick1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for uptick
  • There are pleasures to be had as well and the book concludes on an uptick.
  • Warming due to an uptick in solar output, by contrast, leads to warming of the entire atmospheric column.
  • There has been a slight uptick in natural disasters recently but well within statistical probability.
  • And with the uptick in demand, chocolatiers are throwing experimentation into overdrive.
  • If you follow mortgage purchase applications, then you know that the record low rates haven't caused much of an uptick in sales.
  • Unfortunately, if you consider permits, there's reason to believe starts' uptick is a blip too.
  • Look at the uptick in stories on obesity in the context of health care reform.
  • The picture on tornadoes is not straightforward, for this uptick in severe twisters is a new phenomenon.
  • Its ubiquity means that rising demand should provide an early indication of an uptick in manufacturing and construction.
  • With the additional problem of climate change, any significant uptick might be impossible.
British Dictionary definitions for uptick


a rise or increase
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for uptick

"upward trend," 1962, an economist's term, from up- + tick (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for uptick

up the river

adverb phrase

In prison

Related Terms

send up

[1924+; fr the fact that Ossining Correctional Facility, formerly called Sing Sing, is up the Hudson River from New York City; from 1891 the term referred only to Sing Sing]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for uptick

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for uptick

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for uptick