Definition of upturn in US English:



  • An improvement or upward trend, especially in economic conditions or someone's fortunes.

    ‘an upturn in the economy’
    • ‘From that low point, though, his fortunes quickly took an upturn.’
    • ‘The Wasps won their first match in 11 turbulent months last week and Precious believes it could signal an ongoing upturn in fortunes.’
    • ‘We have always said our recovery will be cost driven and not dependant on an upturn in market conditions.’
    • ‘The bad news for those shops and smaller businesses, and the people who support them and rely on them, is that rents are rising and they are in danger of being priced out by the anticipated upturn in town's fortunes.’
    • ‘However, the coincidence of the onset of the new policies with the economic upturn caused by the improvement in the world economy convinced most that the new consensus was, indeed, the source of economic betterment.’
    • ‘Take-up across the European office markets remains weak with little improvement expected before an upturn in economic fortunes.’
    • ‘A leading hotel group based in York has demonstrated its confidence in an upturn in the fortunes of UK tourism by commissioning a huge extension to its headquarters.’
    • ‘He deserves great credit for adopting economic policies, albeit after much persuasion, which aided the economic upturn from which the economy has benefited for much of the past ten years.’
    • ‘Similar development master-plans may well be launched by some of Hungary's wealthier neighbours in central and eastern Europe in response to the economic upturn helped by a recovery of key western export markets.’
    • ‘Kathryn's wheel of fortune is on the upturn once more.’
    • ‘While the upturn in fortunes is notable, what has been more impressive is the dazzling way they have managed it.’
    • ‘Few would be brave enough to say so publicly, but there is tentative feeling among the country's fishery managers that, at long last, we could be seeing an upturn in the fortune of the wild Atlantic salmon.’
    • ‘Alongside the new housing estates the thriving Rowallan Business Park is the other overt sign of an upturn in economic fortunes.’
    • ‘While it indicates a potential upturn in economic conditions and better economic management, the news is not so good for UK hardware, software and technology services companies.’
    • ‘Many assumed that an upturn in economic conditions would lead to an improvement in immigration policies, but they were mistaken.’
    • ‘The RSPB reports that, despite the upturns in the fortune of many birds of prey in recent years, the hen harrier remains a seriously threatened species.’
    • ‘Will the company be suitably placed to take advantage of an upturn in trading conditions when they eventually improve?’
    • ‘The fund will be focused on selecting good quality companies in the expectation of an upturn in fortunes.’
    • ‘The shop and cafe were once a thriving business and despite a recent upturn in fortunes, a three-year period of losses have led to charity chiefs deciding it is no longer financially viable.’
    • ‘The industry underwent a major slowdown from early 2001 and, although the first half of 2002 pointed to an upturn, this trend did not continue into the latter half of the year.’
    increase, rise, jump, leap, surge, upswing, upsurge, boost, acceleration, escalation, soaring, step up
    improvement, recovery, revival, rally, pickup, comeback, resurgence, renewal, reinvigoration, upswing, advancement, betterment, a turn for the better
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[with object]usually as adjective upturned
  • Turn (something) upward or upside down.

    ‘a sea of upturned faces’
    • ‘So I was led down blind alleys beneath high upturned eaves, through circular gateways and past piles of drying chillies.’
    • ‘Next comes a bottle of rum, then a drum; add upturned pots banged with spoons, and we've got a party.’
    • ‘He knelt calmly with his hands upturned and a look of concentration on his face.’
    • ‘Gusts reached speeds of up to 50 mph in the Vale of York in the early hours today, upturning trees, blowing over lorries and damaging roofs.’
    • ‘It is a charming place, and my only regret is that a masculine woman with blazer and upturned shirt collars prevented me from going before.’
    • ‘The cast beat upturned dustbins and oil-drums attached to the boxes.’
    • ‘Grandpa, a war hero, is wheeled daily to locations where his medals and upturned hat promote a torrent of coins.’
    • ‘The captain just shot him a look as he upturned his bucket onto the ice and sat down carefully.’
    • ‘She ran over to Lannis and flung her arms about his body, nearly upturning his chair with her exuberance.’
    • ‘‘Indeed,’ he agreed, lifting his chin to upturn his nose in a pompous manner.’
    • ‘The room itself was a mess, papers all over the place, and two of the chairs were upturned.’
    • ‘I swished my way through the center of town, knocking people down and upturning garbage cans.’
    • ‘The bubbles were still rising out of an upturned elkhorn which had rolled down the slope.’
    • ‘A family huddles in a room in one photo and others show debris and upturned furniture.’
    • ‘Their faces are upturned with closed eyes, as if they are absorbing power from the sky.’
    • ‘Enela giggled a little at this, and then upturned her face once more.’
    • ‘They upturned four tubs and all the flowers were thrown about.’
    • ‘At the end he upturns the bucket and a flurry of feathers rises and falls over the stage like a stream of tears.’
    • ‘Lift them from the sheet and bend them over upturned egg cups to form baskets.’
    • ‘Television pictures showed upturned furniture in the restaurant and a large pool of blood on the floor.’
    overturn, turn over, tip over, roll over, upturn, capsize, turn topsy-turvy
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