See also: up-beat

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EtymologyEdit

up- +‎ beat

PronunciationEdit

  • (adjective) IPA(key): /ʌpˈbit/
  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈʌpˌbit/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːt

AdjectiveEdit

upbeat (comparative more upbeat, superlative most upbeat)

  1. Having a fast pace, tempo, or beat.
    The notes are easy, but it's an upbeat tune and should be played fairly quickly.
  2. Having a positive, lively, or perky tone, attitude, etc.
    Though he had bad news, he ended with an upbeat forecast for the future.
    He sounded upbeat when I talked to him.

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NounEdit

upbeat (plural upbeats)

  1. An unaccented beat at the start of a musical phrase.
    The conductor said: I give you three beats for nothing and then you come in on the upbeat.

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