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update

verb up·date \ ˌəp-ˈdāt \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of update

transitive verb
: to bring up to date

updatable

or updateable play \ˌəp-ˈdā-tə-bəl\ adjective
    • updatable software

updater

play \ˌəp-ˈdā-tər\ noun

Examples of update in a Sentence

  1. I need to update my address book.

  2. update all the population figures

  3. She wants to update her wardrobe.

Recent Examples of update from the Web

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First Known Use of update

1941


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update

noun up·date \ ˈəp-ˌdāt \

Definition of update

1 : an act or instance of updating
2 : current information for updating something
3 : an up-to-date version, account, or report

Examples of update in a Sentence

  1. I haven't heard the latest weather update.

  2. You can download updates for free.

Recent Examples of update from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'update.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of update

1965


UPDATE Defined for English Language Learners

update

verb

Definition of update for English Language Learners

  • : to change (something) by including the most recent information

  • : to make (something) more modern

  • : to give (someone) the most recent information about something


update

noun

Definition of update for English Language Learners

  • : a report that includes the most recent information about something

  • : a change or addition to computer software that includes the most recent information


UPDATE Defined for Kids

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update

verb up·date \ ˌəp-ˈdāt \

Definition of update for Students

updated; updating
1 : to give or include the latest information
2 : to make more modern

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update

noun up·date \ ˈəp-ˌdāt \

Definition of update for Students

: something that gives or includes the latest information


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