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upbeat

Line breaks: up¦beat
Pronunciation: /ˈʌpbiːt
 
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Definition of upbeat in English:

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 Back to top  
Cheerful; optimistic: he was upbeat about the company’s future
More 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.

Words that rhyme with upbeat

downbeatdrumbeat

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