Definition of upbeat in English:

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upbeat

Pronunciation: /ˈəpˌbēt/

noun

(In music) an unaccented beat preceding an accented beat.
Example sentences
  • The song has three stanzas of six lines, carrying four stresses downbeats separated by upbeats.
  • But havoc and harmony learn to coexist, most harmoniously on ‘Circle Square Triangle’, whose guitars punch thick upbeats despite an ungainly note count.
  • There are a lot of upbeats, up in the air, which is great for dancing but really hard for an orchestra.

adjective

informal
Cheerful; optimistic.
Example sentences
  • His speeches are upbeat and optimistic because this is the style of Michael Gove, a key Cameron adviser.
  • Hartley has every right to be upbeat and optimistic about his life at the present time.
  • Everett had used it a lot when he spoke and it sounded so optimistic and upbeat coming from him.
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Syllabification: up·beat

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