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upbeat

[ uhp-beet ]
/ ˈʌpˌbit /
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noun Music.

an unaccented beat, especially immediately preceding a downbeat.
the upward stroke with which a conductor indicates such a beat.

adjective

optimistic; happy; cheerful: television dramas with predictably upbeat endings.

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Origin of upbeat

1865–70; 1950–55 for def. 3; up- + beat
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British Dictionary definitions for upbeat

upbeat
/ (ˈʌpˌbiːt) /

noun

music
  1. a usually unaccented beat, esp the last in a bar
  2. the upward gesture of a conductor's baton indicating thisCompare downbeat
an upward trend (in prosperity, etc)

adjective

informal marked by cheerfulness or optimism
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