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 update (audio) \ adjective
updatable software
updater \ ˌəp-​ˈdā-​tər How to pronounce update (audio) \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Staff are working through a backlog and will update applicants at each stage of the process, Jones said. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's new expungement laws kick in Sunday. Here's how to get help.," 9 Apr. 2021 Fortune reached out to the company for comment and will update this story if a response is received. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The global chip shortage may be hitting Apple," 8 Apr. 2021 The World Meteorological Organization's Hurricane Committee held its annual meeting last month to discuss past hurricane seasons and update its operational plans. Allison Chinchar And Haley Brink, CNN, "Forecasters expect another overactive hurricane season with 17 named storms," 8 Apr. 2021 Guided by company technicians, operators are then instructed to install the software update the company hopes will safely restart the system. BostonGlobe.com, "Contractor dispatches potential software fix to vehicle inspection stations in Mass. and 7 other states; system still out," 7 Apr. 2021 Spaeth and Barber said that fishing had not been allowed at Lower Lake until the 2020 Shaker Parklands Committee review and update to the 2013 Land Use and Management Plan. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Fish stocking, angling at Lower Lake nets split decision from Shaker, Cleveland Heights," 6 Apr. 2021 Businesses and organizations that collect and maintain customer data must provide customers with the right to view, update and remove their respective data with the organization. Abdul Subhani, Forbes, "The Need For Unified Data Protection Regulation," 6 Apr. 2021 And changing prices are unlikely to be geographically uniform, as countries update their policies one by one. Sam Kemmis, USA TODAY, "Flight, hotel prices set to take off as more people get vaccinated against COVID-19," 1 Apr. 2021 In addition to de-escalation training requirements, the bill allots $70 million to repair and update the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy's training facility. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "Gov. Holcomb signs 'historic' police reform, training bill into law," 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That situation also required a visit to the dealership for a software update. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "All-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E goes to sleep and won't wake up, Ford confirms," 9 Apr. 2021 But back home in Manhattan, their classic East Side apartment, first decorated in 2012, was due for an update. Robert Rufino, House Beautiful, "Every Room in This Apartment Is Inspired by a Different City," 8 Apr. 2021 The company did not respond to CNN Business's request for an update on these complaints. Diksha Madhok, CNN, "Netflix and Amazon gave daring Indian filmmakers hope. Now that's turning to fear," 27 Mar. 2021 Season 1 of Sweet Magnolias was an undeniable Netflix hit, and viewers have been waiting many months for an update on season 2. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "'Sweet Magnolias' Fans are Freaking Out About JoAnna Garcia Swisher's Latest Instagram Post," 23 Mar. 2021 Existing policies will be eligible for the update next April. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake, Osceola and Seminole overpay for flood insurance as coastal counties pay too little, study says," 22 Mar. 2021 Whether or not this feature will be ready for the next software update, iOS 14.5 is already set to include at least one massive upgrade for the Maps app. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "iOS 14.5 could bring one of the best Google Maps features to Apple Maps," 15 Mar. 2021 Click Uninstall updates link, then look for the update in question. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's latest update appears to cause BSODs when printing," 12 Mar. 2021 For an idyllic update, many people have painted their brick walls a soothing white. Kelsey Mulvey, Southern Living, "25 Vintage Peel and Stick Wallpaper That’ll Wow Your Walls," 9 Mar. 2021

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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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13 Apr 2021

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“Update.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/update. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for update

update

verb

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

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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