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[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.
1950-55; up- + tick1 Unabridged
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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
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Word Origin and History for uptick

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

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


  1. A rise, esp in stock prices; an increase of value: the strongest and broadest uptick in the history of the company/ Another 10 percent uptick and you double up again
  2. Improvement; raising: His apparent uptick in spirit was contagious

[1970+; fr the use, on boards above stock-market stations, of a plus sign (compare British tick, ''check mark'') beside a stock of which the last sale represented a rise in price; a minus sign represents a down tick; probably influenced by the tick, like click, or notch, representing one degree of change; compare ratchet up]

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