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

  • transitive v. To turn up or over: upturn the soil.
  • transitive v. To upset; overturn.
  • transitive v. To direct upward: upturned their gaze.
  • intransitive v. To turn over or up.
  • n. An upward movement, curve, or trend, as in business activity.

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  • n. an upward turn or trend, especially in business activity or profit
  • v. to turn (something) up or over

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To turn up; to direct upward; to throw up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn up: as, to upturn the ground in plowing.
  • To turn up.

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

  • n. an upward movement or trend as in business activity


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up- +‎ turn


  • The quantity of work it takes to restore order at Cheyne Row, and repair the ruin of that general upturn, is perfectly incredible.

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  • But Polk is still inheriting a company in the midst of a long-term upturn.

  • But with consumers, the government and the shattered banking system weighed down with debt after a decade of credit-fuelled excess, Spencer says the only hope for a long-term upturn is that the cheaper pound helps to spark a renaissance for manufacturers.

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  • Economists also fear the U.K. coalition government's austerity measures to rein in borrowing, including tax rises and public-spending cuts, will knock the country's post-recession economic upturn, which is already forecast to be slow and fragile.

    U.K. Retailers Cautious Despite Strong Figures

  • According to the company, the key factor behind the upturn was the improved economic scenario in Brazil and South America, especially in regard to consumer confidence, and Gol's strategic positioning in its operational markets.


  • If anything, the upturn has been a little stronger than was widely expected at the beginning of the year, with a better than forecast performance in the second and third quarters likely to result in growth for the full year of around 1.7% compared with consensus expectations at the beginning of 2010 of about 1.2%.

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  • The upturn is the result of a $300 million increase in GST receipts and company tax over projections, plus another good performance from the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. - Stuff

  • The upturn was the result of bus company Metro Tourism's decision to join Metro Ticari ve Mali Yatırımlar.

    Hurriyet Dailynews

  • The so-called upturn in exports in March cited by the Straits Times in its report has to be qualified: despite this increase the government actually lowered its overall forecast for non-oil domestic exports the year, expecting it to shrink between 10\%-13\%.

    The Online Citizen

  • The softness in the credit market, the continuing sharp fall in exports (about 30 per cent in March) and the lack of industrial growth are all indicators that fail to support any thesis that argues in favour of an economic upturn, which is usually needed for the start of a bull market.



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