uptick

[uhp-tik]
noun
1.
a rise or improvement in business activity, in mood, etc.
2.
Stock Exchange.
a.
a selling price that is higher than the last price.
b.
a slight upward trend in price. Compare downtick.

Origin:
1950–55; up- + tick1

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uptick (ˈʌptɪk)
 
n
a rise or increase

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uptick
"upward trend," 1970, an economist's term, from up- + tick (v.).
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Example sentences
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.
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