Definition of upbeat in English:


Line breaks: up¦beat
Pronunciation: /ˈʌpbiːt


  • (In music) an unaccented beat preceding an accented beat.
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    • 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.


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  • Cheerful; optimistic: he was upbeat about the company’s future
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    • 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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elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody