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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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

The previous owners, who purchased the home in 2014, worked to maintain its iconic architecture while updating the plumbing, wiring, climate control, and more. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "So, Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Now the Proud Owners of...A Castle?," 3 Mar. 2019 Since Friday, at least four of the apps that the Journal had identified and contacted as part of its reporting issued updates to cut off transmission of sensitive data to Facebook, a new round of testing showed Sunday. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Popular Apps Cease Sharing Data With Facebook," 24 Feb. 2019 The microphone wasn't disclosed or listed in any of the product materials, though now the company has updated its information to include it. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Google Calls Hidden Microphone in Its Nest Home Security Devices an 'Error'," 21 Feb. 2019 Have your kids help clean and update their bookshelves. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The 6 Things Designer Joy Cho Does to Make Spring Cleaning Less Painful," 15 Feb. 2019 Even though tweed can sometimes look stuffy, Kate added high, pointed heels, which, combined with the frayed edges of the skirt and jacket, gave the outfit a more modern and updated feel. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Just Wore the Most Perfect Work-Appropriate Look," 13 Feb. 2019 The agency is updating its oversight of the dietary supplement industry, including by adding a system for alerting the public about unsafe products, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a separate statement Monday. Jared Hopkins, WSJ, "FDA Challenges Supplement Makers’ Marketing Claims," 11 Feb. 2019 Russia, which inherited the old USSR’s Arctic frontier, still maintains approximately 134 MiG-31s, with at least 70 updated to a newer standard. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Resumes Fighter Patrols Over the North Pole," 6 Feb. 2019 Still, celebrities keep mining the era for inspiration, updating their social media with outfits that look straight out of 1995. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Revives a Forgotten ’90s Trend," 31 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Scroll through his latest coverage here, and check back all week for his daily updates. Corey Tenold, Vogue, "Corey Tenold’s Best Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Paris Fashion Week Fall 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 Check out this handy guide below to see if your updates qualify. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "A Newbie’s Guide To The Permits Needed For Remodeling," 26 Dec. 2018 Amy Schumer has been giving fans updates on her pregnancy on social media. Korin Miller, SELF, "Amy Schumer Shares an Ultrasound Video of Her Very Energetic Baby: 'That’s Why I’m Puking Every Day'," 6 Nov. 2018 Because of their happy life update, the pair plan to stay in America and settle down... and that's basically all for now. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Claire and Jamie Find Trouble in America in Outlander's Dramatic Premiere Episode," 5 Nov. 2018 In July, Apple announced that their next iOS update would include the arrival of over 70 new emojis, including more diverse people emojis with additional hair options, as well as more animals and food emojis. Temi Adebowale, Marie Claire, "Every New Emoji Coming to Your iPhone With the Latest iOS Update," 30 Oct. 2018 Special Interest Brett SnyderCranky ConciergeSnyder’s able to suggest the ideal airline for any given route, and his team monitors flights in real time to provide updates on gate changes and delays. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 The storm, currently situated approximately 350 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, is moving west-northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph, the NHC said in their 8 p.m. ET update. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence charges towards East Coast as ‘monster’ storm, lawmaker says," 2 Oct. 2018 In its update at 11 a.m. Monday, the National Hurricane Center is predicting the storm off the East Coast to develop into the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season on Tuesday. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Chris targeted to become hurricane Tuesday, forecasters say," 9 July 2018

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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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