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Pronunciation: (up'bēt"), [key]
n. Music.
1. an unaccented beat, esp. immediately preceding a downbeat.
2. the upward stroke with which a conductor indicates such a beat.

adj.
optimistic; happy; cheerful: television dramas with predictably upbeat endings.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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