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 The consent decree required the police department to update its hiring policy and to train officers in de-escalation tactics, community engagement and to respond to mental health calls. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson again rejects calls to ‘defund police,' but willing to listen to reform ideas," 17 June 2020 The nine Bay Area counties were reporting 283 new cases Wednesday with Sonoma County yet to update its total. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "California sets new record for most new coronavirus cases in a day: exceeding 4,000," 17 June 2020 In a report released Tuesday, the American Gaming Association, the gambling industry’s national trade group, called on regulators in states where gambling is allowed to update their rules or laws to integrate cashless options for gamblers. BostonGlobe.com, "Greentown Labs plans first out-of-state expansion," 16 June 2020 Moseley told The Republic last week that Correctional Health is working with the county's public health department to update procedures. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Maricopa County jail inmate tests COVID-19 positive after lawyer warns sheriff of symptoms," 16 June 2020 Fortune will update this story if a response is received. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "A new coating could protect ATMs from spreading diseases like COVID-19. But will it work?," 15 June 2020 IndyStar will continue to update this list as more announcements come in. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's a list of outdoor and indoor entertainment and museums reopening in Indianapolis," 12 June 2020 The Enquirer will update this report as more information becomes available. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Police: 10-year-old struck in West Price Hill shooting," 12 June 2020 The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce held Atascocita BizCom virtually over Zoom on June 11 to update residents on the school district and local businesses in addition to the park. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia sets Atascocita Park’s opening date as June 24 during Atascocita BizCom," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is a beta test - an experiment with an early Monday news update. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: Injustice protests reignited in Atlanta," 15 June 2020 Grant took to Instagram on Sunday to give fans an update on her surgery and recovery. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "Amy Grant shares pictures of her heart surgery scar and talks about her 'miraculous' recovery," 15 June 2020 The six passengers and 28 crew members tested negative, according to an update Tuesday. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "6 more crew members on state ferry Tustumena test positive for COVID-19," 10 June 2020 Marion County, which has moved behind the state overall, is expected to give an update on its plans Thursday. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana reopening: What to know about entertainment venues and museums in Stage 4," 10 June 2020 Police have not provided an update of his condition. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Rioters in Dallas did not kill a man who was defending businesses," 9 June 2020 Officials have not provided an update on the condition of the woman’s unborn child. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Protesters demand justice, answers in killing of Erik Salgado, Oakland resident shot by CHP," 8 June 2020 The Detroit Institute of Arts, for example, will remain closed until at least June 30 and will give an update at that point, according to a statement on its website. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Today marks major reopenings in Michigan. Here's where you can go now," 8 June 2020 The campaign raised about $80,000 in one hour, according to an update by Owens on GoFundMe. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Candace Owens launches GoFundMe campaign to support Parkside owner," 7 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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23 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Update.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/update. Accessed 4 Jul. 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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