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

Other Words from update


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

Synonyms for update

Synonyms: Verb

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Finding a more airtight way to update this information would greatly reduce the chances of a ballot falling into the wrong hands. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 But rest assured: should any new revelations surface, Town & Country will be sure to update this article. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 All charts dated May 14 will update tomorrow (May 10) on Billboard.com. Xander Zellner, Billboard, 9 May 2022 Twitter has struggled to combat health misinformation during the pandemic and can be slow to update policies. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 27 Apr. 2022 Pregnancy policy changes for Army moms: Input from pregnant women serving in the Army was used to update policies regarding work standards for new moms. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 Disaster plan: The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management is seeking public input to help update its policies for how to respond to natural or manmade disasters, Kaitlin Durbin reports. cleveland, 19 Apr. 2022 Markets update Asian markets tumbled on Tuesday with the Hang Seng down 1.3%. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 14 Dec. 2021 The changes also update land-use policies for La Jolla Shores to clarify how dense projects there can be and regulations for the height of fencing and walls. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Monday #NMfire update:The #CalfCanyonFire/#HermitsPeakFire is now the largest fire in New Mexico history at over 298,000 acres. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 17 May 2022 And every new update—from casting announcements to trailer drops to the release of a new Phoebe Bridgers song written especially for the show—has only sent fans further into a frenzy. Keely Weiss, ELLE, 16 May 2022 Pollen update: Tree pollen is high at 187.22 grains per cubic meter. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 An update to the license allowing Chelsea to continue operating as a business is required from the government to approve the buyout. Rob Harris, ajc, 16 May 2022 Here’s an update from a highlight of the 2021 show. oregonlive, 10 May 2022 Avon library construction update: The 16,000-sq.ft. cleveland, 8 May 2022 Apple's new update, which was published on its developer support website on Friday, clarifies that the emails that went out in April are part of an ongoing process that was announced and began back in 2016. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 2 May 2022 Each Friday from March through May, the foundation posts a recorded update — voiced by actor Joe Spano — explaining where travelers can spot wildflowers across Southern and Central California. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of update


1941, in the meaning defined above


1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for update


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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