update

verb
up·date | \ˌəp-ˈdāt \
updated; updating; updates

Definition of update 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to bring up to date

update

noun
up·date | \ˈəp-ˌdāt \

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 \ adjective
updatable software
updater \ˌəp-ˈdā-tər \ noun

Synonyms for update

Synonyms: Verb

contemporize, modernize, streamline

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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

DirectConnectMKE bridges the public and private sector: Employers will update it with job listings, which subscribers can then access by downloading the application at DirectConnnectMKE's website. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Aldermen unveil new app to help combat unemployment in Milwaukee," 12 July 2018 The feat is known today as ‘the Full Ginsburg.’ Avenatti has taken Ginsburg’s underlying approach — let the American people be the jury — and updated it for the social-media era. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Leaked recordings of Ga. governor candidate highlight why people mistrust politicians," 11 July 2018 Blair also continued to milk the controversy throughout the weekend, posting selfie video updates with information about the drama and attempting to capitalize on her viral success by promoting her acting career and asking for a job at BuzzFeed. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Stop Live-Tweeting Strangers Flirting," 9 July 2018 It's called Love Island, a reality dating game show with fairly traditional rules, updated for a millennial audience and filmed contemporaneously. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Why You Should Watch Love Island, the British Reality Dating Show With a New Episode Every Day," 6 July 2018 The Navy has been updating the world with videos posted to their Facebook page. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why 12 Thai boys are still trapped in a cave, days after being found," 5 July 2018 But the reboot, now in its second season, takes that concept and updates it for a modern audience, moving the setting to Los Angeles, and changing the family’s ethnicity from Italian-American to Latinx. refinery29.com, "What Americana Means (And Doesn't) In 2018: From Childish Gambino To Roseanne," 3 July 2018 Once again, the president will draw this time from a list of 25 prospective candidates that was first established during the campaign and updated last fall, with advice from Leo and other conservatives. CBS News, "Supreme Court nomination, confirmation process likely to mimic Gorsuch playbook," 29 June 2018 Lidia Tikhonovich, identified alternately as his girlfriend and wife by media outlets, kept fans updated on his condition with Facebook posts over the last few weeks. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Russian rocker kicked off flight for odor dies of disease he called 'very smelly'," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

General manager Rick Hahn has become the reluctant bearer of bad news during the first half of the season, delivering medical updates on the latest prospects to be sidelined. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Biggest question for White Sox in second half: When is Eloy Jimenez coming?," 13 July 2018 Microsoft is currently on schedule to offer two updates to the operating system per year. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Microsoft Is Finally Updating the Windows Notepad App," 12 July 2018 Many have been updates with contemporary kitchens, custom LED lighting, hardwood floors and colorful exteriors. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Homes for sale in East End, one of Houston's transforming neighborhoods," 12 July 2018 For a course that will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the next couple years, the updates give the facility a more modern feel without sacrificing the old-school character. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018 This story is developing; check back with sacbee.com for updates. Claire Morgan And Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "Six people injured after woman drives through south Sacramento storefront," 12 July 2018 Of particular interest would be updates on the impact of Chinese tariffs, Brexit or immigration policy, all of which Mr. Dimon has taken stances on previously. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "What to Watch for in JPMorgan’s Earnings," 12 July 2018 Wendy Sinnette provided a tentative update on district enrollment figures for the 2018-19 school year, saying that as of this week, the total student population is at 4,098 and more are likely to be enrolled before the school year begins Aug. 16. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "La Cañada Unified officials honor robotics team’s enterprise, prep for new school year," 12 July 2018 In regular session, the council discussed a budget update on unfunded items, agreed to fund three more and directed staff to come back with other ideas for budget cuts. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How they voted, July 8," 8 July 2018

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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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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 \
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 \

Kids Definition of update (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that gives or includes the latest information

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