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


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


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

Synonyms for update

Synonyms: Verb

contemporize, modernize, streamline

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Examples of update in a Sentence


I need to update my address book. update all the population figures She wants to update her wardrobe.


I haven't heard the latest weather update. You can download updates for free.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Apparently, the real number is closer to $1 million per Instagram post and Kim's legal team is expected to update the filing to reflect that. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Apparently Makes $1 Million Per Instagram Post," 4 May 2019 Investment in Mexico has been cool pending passage of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that is meant to update NAFTA, and due to other concerns for the global economy, and attendees saw ratification as a solution to that. Peter Orsi, The Seattle Times, "At US-Mexico CEO summit, leaders optimistic amid uncertainty," 12 Apr. 2019 Celebrating the release of the Netflix documentary and an accompanying live album, the singer's online merchandise has been updated to include a number of new items inspired by her Coachella performance. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé Released “Homecoming”-Inspired Merch," 19 Apr. 2019 Technology of the Year: Cadillac Super Cruise Last year, Cadillac updated Super Cruise, its magic-seeming highway driver-assist system. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 16 Apr. 2019 That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated its drowning-prevention guidelines, noting that kids can now start swimming lessons at one year old, which is a change from their previous recommendations. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Age Your Kids Should Start Swimming Lessons," 3 Apr. 2019 Once the restoration is complete, 21 bungalows will have been updated, five of which feature distinct design elements inspired by the Hollywood figures who frequented them. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "The Beverly Hills Hotel Unveils Newly Redesigned Bungalows," 20 Feb. 2019 This post will continue to be updated, so check back for the latest news and sneak peeks. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "HBO Drops New 'Big Little Lies' Photos From Season 2," 8 Feb. 2019 Jaimes has also updated Nancy in other ways, bringing more characters into the world of the strip, like Nancy’s robotics teacher and her friend Lucy (the girl in the yellow shirt in the comic below). Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Nancy, a 1930s comic strip, was the funniest thing I read in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The new total is 60 cases more than a week ago, according to a weekly update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "U.S. Measles Cases Continue to Climb," 6 May 2019 Watch this space for more updates on Bey's upcoming doc. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé's Homecoming Netflix Documentary: Everything You Need to Know," 8 Apr. 2019 Jonas is posting live updates from the trip to his Instagram, which is only intensifying my FOMO. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Live-Instagramming Their Honeymoon," 11 Jan. 2019 Follow along below for the latest updates: Dozens protest outside Trump golf resorts Dozens of protesters have rallied outside Mr. Trump's golf resorts in Scotland to protest his visit. CBS News, "10,000 protest Trump in Edinburgh, Scotland -- live updates," 14 July 2018 Confidence: High Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Un-muggy heat through tomorrow, but then we turn steamy and wetter into next week," 13 July 2018 This is a developing story, check back to sacbee.com for the latest updates. sacbee, "Police in standoff with barricaded man, forcing several road closures," 12 July 2018 Suiting takes center stage this season with a variety of updates, including interesting prints and unexpected colors like burgundy (which is just as versatile as classic navy or gray). Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "5 Accessory Trends You'll See Everywhere This Year," 24 Jan. 2019 During the almost six hours spent inside the Buffalo terminal, the passengers got only a couple of early updates from the captain that provided no hard information. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Alaska Airlines flight diversion leads to a 30-hour nightmare for passengers," 8 Jan. 2019

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1941, in the meaning defined above


1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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



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


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


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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