noun up·grade \ˈəp-ˌgrād\

: an area or surface that goes upward : an upward slope

: an occurrence in which one thing is replaced by something better, newer, more valuable, etc.

Full Definition of UPGRADE

:  an upward grade or slope
:  increase, rise
:  improvement 2b

Examples of UPGRADE

  1. a slight upgrade in the roadway
  2. The hotel offered us a room upgrade.

First Known Use of UPGRADE



verb up·grade \ˈəp-ˌgrād, ˌəp-ˈ\

: to make (something) better by including the most recent information or improvements

: to choose to have or use something more modern, useful, etc.

: to get something (such as a seat on an airplane or a room in a hotel) that is better than what you had originally

Full Definition of UPGRADE

transitive verb
:  to raise or improve the grade of: as
a :  to improve (livestock) by use of purebred sires
b :  to advance to a job requiring a higher level of skill especially as part of a training program
c :  to raise the quality of
d :  to raise the classification and usually the price of without improving the quality
e :  to extend the usefulness of (as a device)
f :  to assign a less serious status to <upgraded the patient's condition to good>
intransitive verb
:  to improve or replace especially software or a device for increased usefulness
up·grad·abil·i·ty or up·grade·abil·i·ty \ˌəp-ˌgrā-də-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
up·grad·able or up·grade·able \ˌəp-ˈgrā-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of UPGRADE

  1. This course will help you to upgrade your computer skills.
  2. They've upgraded the quality of their service.
  3. The city is upgrading the sewage treatment plant.
  4. The office is upgrading the telephone system.
  5. They upgraded the hotel to attract more business patrons.
  6. We were able to upgrade to first class.
  7. We had reserved a double room, but the hotel upgraded us to a suite.

First Known Use of UPGRADE

UPGRADABLE Defined for Kids


verb up·grade \ˈəp-ˌgrād, əp-ˈgrād\

Definition of UPGRADE for Kids

:  to raise to a higher grade or position <The restaurant was upgraded from three to four stars.>
:  to improve or replace old software or an old device
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb up·grade \ˈəp-ˌgrād, ˌəp-ˈ\

Medical Definition of UPGRADE

:  to assign a less serious status to <upgraded the patient's condition from fair to good>
:  to reclassify (as a cancer, concussion, or bone fracture) to a more serious grade when the grades are numbered from least to most serious


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