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 Markets update The Asian indices are all in the green in afternoon trade again on Tuesday, looking to extend yesterday's gains. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investors brush aside protests, COVID and Brexit talks to send global markets higher," 2 June 2020 The restaurant updates its curbside menu weekly, which can be found at lillysbistro.com. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Legendary Louisville chef announces retirement, restaurant to close in June," 2 June 2020 Editor's note: This article has been updated with the results of the county medical examiner's report. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Two autopsies both find George Floyd died by homicide, but differ on some key details," 2 June 2020 Voters can update their registration status by mail, in clerk's offices, at the polls on election day or online at myvote.wi.gov. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide whether to remove 150,000 voters from the rolls," 1 June 2020 Memorial Hermann has updated its visitor policy allowing one visitor per patient per day starting today, June 1. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Hermann allows hospital visitors again starting June 1, with restrictions," 1 June 2020 Editor's note: This story is being updated throughout the night. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "After curfew passes, Detroit police deploy tear gas, arrest protesters," 31 May 2020 On April 24, the ASRM updated its guidelines and advised fertility clinics to start reopening with careful procedures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Monique Brouillette, Wired, "Covid-19 Creates Long, Anxious Waits for Fertility Treatments," 28 May 2020 Read live updates about the reaction to the death of George Floyd here. New York Times, "Protests Continue to Rage After Death of George Floyd," 28 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both events are slated to begin at 6 p.m. Follow The Oregonian/OregonLive for live updates throughout the night. oregonlive, "6th night of protests over George Floyd killing underway in downtown, SE Portland (live updates)," 3 June 2020 Additional information about updates for the mandatory self-quarantine order for international and interstate travelers will be released later this week. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska could be the first state to ask travelers to get COVID-19 tests. Some say they’d rather not come.," 3 June 2020 No appointment has been announced and no updates have been provided. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "'It did not happen': Dreasjon Reed family lawyer says he did not shoot at police," 3 June 2020 For the latest updates on protests near you, use the map above to find local news. USA Today, "Tracking protests across the USA in the wake of George Floyd's death," 3 June 2020 Both health officers emphasized use of a service available via mobile phone text that will deliver updates on health issues and alert about new testing sites. Bob Sims | Rsims@al.com, al, "Birmingham council keeps some focus on coronavirus," 3 June 2020 Google just introduced a number of great updates to Android, but only for its own Pixel product line. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google's latest Android features are too vital to be Pixel-only," 2 June 2020 But the Cayenne's updates for the 2020 model year are limited to minor trim and equipment changes. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Marries Performance and Efficiency," 2 June 2020 See more updates on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in our live blog. NBC News, "Trump vows to deploy military force, more violent clashes in cities despite curfews," 2 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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“Update.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/update. Accessed 7 Jun. 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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