update

verb
up·​date | \ ˌəp-ˈdāt How to pronounce update (audio) \
updated; updating; updates

Definition of update

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to bring up to date

update

noun
up·​date | \ ˈəp-ˌdāt How to pronounce update (audio) \

Definition of update (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from update

Verb

updatable or updateable \ ˌəp-​ˈdā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce updateable (audio) \ adjective
updatable software
updater \ ˌəp-​ˈdā-​tər How to pronounce updater (audio) \ noun

Examples of update in a Sentence

Verb I need to update my address book. update all the population figures She wants to update her wardrobe. Noun I haven't heard the latest weather update. You can download updates for free.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Clerks anticipate receiving many ballots over the weekend, so the online system could update by Monday or even on Tuesday to show that your ballot was received. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Unsure if your absentee ballot was received? Check this website.," 31 July 2020 On nightly broadcasts, Maduro and his lieutenants update citizens on the numbers, share information on shipments of humanitarian aid from allies like Russia and China and decree new measures to halt the virus. Scott Smith, Star Tribune, "Maduro's hold on Venezuela tightens as coronavirus surges," 28 July 2020 The Post will update this story with the latest revelations from the showcase, so refresh the page for the most recent entry. Washington Post, "Ubisoft Forward livestream: ‘Watch Dogs Legion’ gameplay; ‘Hyper Scape’ open beta; ‘Far Cry 6’ reveal," 12 July 2020 The Oregon Health Authority will update its data for all counties Wednesday. oregonlive, "Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington counties’ reopening plans on hold," 8 July 2020 As cases surge, universities will update the community on final plans for the fall semester. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "What will college look like for Texas students in the fall?," 7 July 2020 The Calculator app should update automatically via the Microsoft Store. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "New Windows test build makes major changes to Start, Taskbar, and Alt+Tab," 1 July 2020 The Virginia Department of Health will still update data daily. USA TODAY, "Jobbie Nooner, blowback at bars, fake mask exemptions: News from around our 50 states," 29 June 2020 Information accurate as of publication and will update as more data is available. Hero Sports, The Denver Post, "Vargas’ double-double lifts Cheyenne Mountain over Thomas Jefferson in 75-26 win," 10 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hulu has opted to cancel its High Fidelity update after one critically praised season. Lesley Goldberg, Billboard, "'High Fidelity' Reboot Canceled at Hulu," 6 Aug. 2020 For buyers looking to add their own update, the listing notes that the grounds have room for a pool. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Celebrity Tattoo Artist Kat Von D Lists Her $3.4 Million Hollywood Hills Home — See Inside!," 6 Aug. 2020 The photo shows a sign with similar wording as the update on Disney World's website. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Disney World Tightens Face Covering Requirement," 21 July 2020 The existing wolf plan was written in 1999 and received a minor update in 2007, when even wolf experts were uncertain how many wolves the state could sustain. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNR hires Johnson for bear, wolf and cougar position," 12 July 2020 The only other time CSU researchers predicted 20 or more storms was in their August update of the record-breaking 2005 season. Taylor Ward, CNN, "20 named storms predicted for hurricane season, the most since 2005," 7 July 2020 Even in its latest update, released June 29, the WHO said airborne transmission of the virus is possible only after medical procedures that produce aerosols, or droplets smaller than 5 microns. BostonGlobe.com, "239 specialists: The coronavirus is airborne," 5 July 2020 The commissioners received an update on the county’s plan to distribute nearly $80 million in federal coronavirus funds for job training, assistance to small businesses and other forms of support. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Bexar County commissioner says ‘government has failed’ in pandemic response," 30 June 2020 As an update on the classic skull, Kait Nichole has a mind-blowing hack for giving yourself a floating head (more on that later!). Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "This Easy Skeleton Face Paint Tutorial Only Takes 10 Minutes," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of update

Verb

1941, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of update was in 1941

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10 Aug 2020

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“Update.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/update. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for update

update

verb
How to pronounce update (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of update

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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
How to pronounce update (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of update (Entry 2 of 2)

: a report that includes the most recent information about something
: a change or addition to computer software that includes the most recent information

update

verb
up·​date | \ ˌəp-ˈdāt How to pronounce update (audio) \
updated; updating

Kids Definition of update

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

update

noun
up·​date | \ ˈəp-ˌdāt How to pronounce update (audio) \

Kids Definition of update (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that gives or includes the latest information

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