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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
up•beat /ˈʌpˌbit/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Music and Dancean unaccented beat in music.
  2. Music and Dancethe upward stroke with which a conductor indicates such a beat.

adj. 
  1. optimistic;
    happy;
    cheerful:an upbeat report on the economy.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
up•beat  (upbēt′), 
n. [Music.]
  1. Music and Dancean unaccented beat, esp. immediately preceding a downbeat.
  2. Music and Dancethe upward stroke with which a conductor indicates such a beat.

adj. 
  1. optimistic;
    happy;
    cheerful:television dramas with predictably upbeat endings.
Etymology:1865–70;
1950–55 for def. 3;
up- + beat


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

upbeat /ˈʌpˌbiːt/ n
  1. a usually unaccented beat, esp the last in a bar
  2. the upward gesture of a conductor's baton indicating this
adj
  1. informal marked by cheerfulness or optimism



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