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Definition of "upbeat" []

  • Music An unaccented beat or beats that occur before the first beat of a measure. Also called anacrusis, pickup. (noun)
  • Music The upward stroke made by a conductor to indicate the beat that leads into a new measure. (noun)
  • Informal Optimistic: an upbeat business forecast. (adjective)
  • Informal Happy; cheerful. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "upbeat" in a sentence
  • "Then again, what you refer to as "upbeat" we might describe as "frenzied.""
  • "And really, how can someone remain upbeat and “Oh my god I love Twilight” when people from the fandom are placing hate on you?"
  • "Proponents of France's antipiracy law remain upbeat about the project."