[verb uhp-surj; noun uhp-surj]

verb (used without object), up·surged, up·surg·ing.

to surge up; increase; rise: Water upsurged. Crime upsurged.


the act of surging up; a large or rapid increase: an upsurge in sales.

Origin of upsurge

First recorded in 1915–20; up- + surge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for upsurge

upturn, recovery, upswing, boom, improvement, advance, rise

Examples from the Web for upsurge

Contemporary Examples of upsurge

  • On Tuesday, Russia called the upsurge in protests “connivance by Western politicians and European structures.”

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    Up to Speed: What’s Going on in Ukraine?

    Nina Strochlic

    February 19, 2014

  • But with the upsurge in settler violence, the assault on Palestinian human rights has taken on a whole new dimension.

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    Stop Settler Violence

    Hussein Ibish

    May 24, 2012

  • In 1992, women voted in record numbers ( an upsurge of 16 million voters).

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    Why Women are Fed Up

    Gloria Feldt

    October 29, 2010

  • The end result just might be an upsurge in anti-American sentiment.

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    Can He Wow the World Again?

    Reihan Salam

    September 23, 2009

Historical Examples of upsurge

  • 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


verb (ʌpˈsɜːdʒ)

(intr) mainly literary to surge up

noun (ˈʌpˌsɜːdʒ)

a rapid rise or swell
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Word Origin and History for upsurge

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper