Definition of upbeat in English:


Syllabification: up·beat
Pronunciation: /ˈəpˌbēt


  • (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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