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[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.
  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.

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    Alexander Blade

British Dictionary definitions for 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


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

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