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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishupsurgeup‧surge /ˈʌpsɜːdʒ $ -sɜːrdʒ/ noun [countable]  1 INCREASE IN NUMBER OR AMOUNTa sudden increaseupsurge in There was an upsurge in violence during June and July.2 INCREASE IN ACTIVITY, FEELINGS ETCa sudden strong feelingupsurge of There was a genuine upsurge of religious feeling.
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upsurgePrices rose in April 1990, but fell again in May to £1,573 after an upsurge in warehouse copper stocks.It marked an upsurge in the family fortunes in every way.From the 1880s the State itself sponsored an upsurge in heavy industry.Such studies were hardly a basis for advocating that tax cuts would lead to an upsurge in work effort!The final twist to the whole presentation graphics story must be the current upsurge in interest in Desktop Video.The forecast upsurge in takings did not happen.His government blames the upsurge of violence on the record inflow of immigrants this year.upsurge inIn recent years, there has been an upsurge in terrorist activity.upsurge ofShe felt an unexpected upsurge of jealousy.
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