from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music An unaccented beat or beats that occur before the first beat of a measure. Also called anacrusis, pickup.
  • n. Music The upward stroke made by a conductor to indicate the beat that leads into a new measure.
  • adj. Informal Optimistic: an upbeat business forecast.
  • adj. Informal Happy; cheerful.

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  • adj. Having a fast pace, tempo, or beat.
  • adj. Having a positive, lively, or perky tone, attitude, etc.
  • n. An unaccented beat at the start of a musical phrase.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic
  • n. an unaccented beat (especially the last beat of a measure)
  • n. a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous


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up- +‎ beat



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