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upsurge

[verb uhp-surj; noun uhp-surj]
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verb (used without object), up·surged, up·surg·ing.
  1. to surge up; increase; rise: Water upsurged. Crime upsurged.
noun
  1. the act of surging up; a large or rapid increase: an upsurge in sales.

Origin of upsurge

First recorded in 1915–20; up- + surge
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  • And now as I have written down tonight's events I feel an upsurge of elation and deep, humble gratitude.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade


British Dictionary definitions for upsurge

upsurge

verb (ʌpˈsɜːdʒ)
  1. (intr) mainly literary to surge up
noun (ˈʌpˌsɜːdʒ)
  1. a rapid rise or swell
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Word Origin and History for upsurge

n.

1928, from up- + surge (n.).

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