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

But hours later, the company reversed course and announced plans for a patch that will remove the local web server once the software has been updated, and allow users to manually uninstall both Zoom and the web server. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Zoom has reconsidered its response to a security flaw and is promising new fixes," 9 July 2019 The Florida Public Service Commission seemed enamored with FPL’s smartphone app, which could be used for any storms this hurricane season, with plans to update by 2020. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "State regulators back FPL’s move to better track storm expenses," 9 July 2019 The handsome home has been updated and expanded for the past 29 years by the same family and is in meticulous condition inside and out. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "6,500-square-foot Troy farmhouse is in meticulous condition," 5 July 2019 Meanwhile, Boeing is still working on a software patch to update its 737 Max software. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Boeing is dedicating $100 million to families and communities affected by the 737 Max crashes," 3 July 2019 This story and its headline have been updated to reflect that StockX has halted sales of the shoe on its site. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "StockX ends sales of Nike’s recalled July 4 shoes citing company values," 2 July 2019 In reality, the money was used to update the interior and exterior of the cottage, including replacing the decaying ceiling beams, floor joists, and electrical system. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s $3.05 Million Renovations to Frogmore Cottage," 26 June 2019 This article has been updated throughout to reflect new developments. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Simple Life reboot with Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton NOT planned at Netflix," 25 June 2019 The council is looking to update other nuisance codes, Beck said. Puyallup Herald, The Seattle Times, "Under pressure, Puyallup revokes ‘bad law’ that restricted city’s only homeless center," 23 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Confidence: Medium-High Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Heat and humidity increase and storm chances return ahead of a scorching weekend," 16 July 2019 Event organizers and promoters such as Live Nation also recommend following event social media accounts and onsite video screens for the latest updates. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago’s wet summer interrupts outdoor concerts while fests like Lolla prepare emergency evacuation plans," 15 July 2019 The kit also comes with special software that can send you notifications and updates on how your garden is doing (this is perfect for people like me, who don't naturally have a green thumb). Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "Shark Tank's Seedsheets Gardening Kits Are on Sale for Amazon Prime Day," 15 July 2019 Follow Reviewed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates from our team. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "6 ways to find the best Prime Day deals—and avoid the bad ones," 12 July 2019 Barry’s winds were holding at 65 mph with the latest update thanks to reports from reconnaissance aircraft. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Tropical Storm Barry afternoon update: Barry’s winds and rain now moving into Louisiana," 12 July 2019 Look for updates from them as the recovery process continues, and thanks to everyone for their spirit of cooperation. Nick Sortal, sun-sentinel.com, "Plantation explosion had no fatalities, and I’ll call that a miracle | Opinion," 12 July 2019 The app’s creators essentially took advantage of the frustration many Android users feel about waiting for updates. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Scam ‘Updates for Samsung’ app pulled from the Google Play Store," 8 July 2019 On Thursday, the mom-to-be shared the latest update on her pregnancy while at an ultrasound appointment with her daughter Taylor. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Christina Anstead and Husband Ant Celebrate 6 Months of Marriage: 'Time Is Flying'," 22 June 2019

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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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