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[verb uhp-turn, uhp-turn; noun uhp-turn]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to turn up or over: The farmer upturned clumps of sod with his spade.
  2. to cause disorder; upheave: The storm upturned the town.
  3. to direct or turn upward: She upturned her face toward heaven and prayed.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to turn up or upward: Her eyes upturned to see his face.
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  1. chaos or extreme disorder, as in society; an upheaval.
  2. an upward turn, or a changing and rising movement, as in prices or business.
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Origin of upturn

1300–50; Middle English: to overturn; see up-, turn
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Related Words for upturn

upswing, recovery, recuperation

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British Dictionary definitions for upturn


verb (ʌpˈtɜːn)
  1. to turn or cause to turn up, over, or upside down
  2. (tr) to create disorder
  3. (tr) to direct upwards
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noun (ˈʌpˌtɜːn)
  1. an upward turn, trend, or improvement
  2. an upheaval or commotion
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Word Origin and History for upturn


1868, "upturned part," from up + turn. Meaning "improvement" (especially in economics) is from 1930.

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