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

This story will be updated if more information is release. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Woman shot in chest in Birmingham apartment; search for suspect underway," 30 June 2019 This story will be updated as details become available. Nathaniel Percy, The Mercury News, "California hiker, 73, missing for a week in Angeles National Forest, is found alive," 29 June 2019 This story will be updated when more information becomes available. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fire burning in Rancho Santa Fe," 11 June 2019 Federal Trade Commission secures right to examine how Facebook's practices affect digital competition This is a developing story and will be updated shortly. ... WSJ, "FTC to Examine How Facebook's Practices Affect Digital Competition," 3 June 2019 For instance, the airplane’s flight manuals and the pilot training protocols will also have to be updated. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Boeing has 737 MAX software fix ready for airlines as DOT launches new scrutiny of entire FAA certification process," 25 Mar. 2019 This story was updated to reflect that a suspect is not in custody. oregonlive.com, "Police investigate shooting at Holladay Park; no injuries reported," 16 June 2019 The unit will be updated from top to bottom with new flooring, doors, windows, lighting and furniture that will provide a more comfortable space for families to stay with their children. Quintez Brown, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Walmart stores raising millions for Norton Children's Hospital," 13 June 2019 Now, the 5-bedroom, 6.5-bath home has been updated for modern living, while still retaining its historic charm. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "You Could Own This New York Townhouse, once Featured in House Beautiful in 1924," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Turkish newspapers provided regular updates on the progress of the Maarif Foundation in assuming control of Gulen schools abroad. Michael Rubin, National Review, "Turkey’s Africa Strategy Threatens to Breed Islamist Extremism," 26 June 2019 Check back here for updates on available styles and how to order! Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "Alert! We've Got The Bags You Need To Adhere To The Superdome's Clear Bag Policy," 24 June 2019 The next meeting will be held Monday at the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting to provide updates and continue the discussion. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Rosemount Recreation Center plan gets positive response so far," 22 June 2019 The initiative will have to start providing annual updates on its accomplishments starting January 2021. sun-sentinel.com, "New law gives $15 million for red tide research," 21 June 2019 The report said the legislature should require CSU to provide annual updates on the implementation of alternate transportation strategies and how those strategies have reduced parking demand on its campuses. Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Audit: CSU failed to disclose $1.5 billion surplus," 20 June 2019 The messages provided updates of the situation and resources where parents, students and staff can go for support. Maia Anderson, Cincinnati.com, "Springboro parent: 'I would be very happy if he was put in prison'," 19 June 2019 Further Reading Firefly has successfully tested the upper stage of its Alpha rocket Markusic also provided an update on Alpha's development. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Firefly opens first Alpha rocket launch to academic and educational payloads," 17 June 2019 The sheriff’s office does not provide updates on the condition of young children. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Colorado State Patrol trooper killed while helping a woman, baby who were going 100 mph before rolling over," 16 June 2019

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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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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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