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

Definition of update 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to bring up to date


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


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


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

In June, Lauren updated inquiring fans on her stepfather's condition, directing them to the family's GoFundMe page. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Country Star Lauren Alaina Opens Up About Her Stepdad’s Death and Cancer Battle," 22 Oct. 2018 The first step is to confirm you're registered, especially given that states update their voting rolls regularly. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "New Facebook Data Breach Affects 50 Million Users," 28 Sep. 2018 At your next visit, update your numbers to track your progress. Aviva Patz And Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "10 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure," 20 Aug. 2018 Refinery29 has reached out to Ivanka Trump for comment and will update this post as more information becomes available. refinery29.com, "Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Line Pulled From Yet Another Department Store," 14 July 2018 The new paper updates a study on migrating millionaires that Varner and Stanford sociology Professor Cristobal Young published in 2012. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Dozens of millionaires fled California after 2012 tax increase, study says," 6 July 2018 The county’s updated request for proposal (RFP) is the latest development in a controversial and protracted effort to provide the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office with a system to capture and digitally manage evidence. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County releases new body camera bid request with broader specs," 6 July 2018 Besides being updated with smartphones and current conversations happening in politics to better reflect today's world, 2018's Charmed also reimagined the sisters as Latinx. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, ""Charmed" Star Sarah Jeffery on the Resurgence of Witches and Why She'd Use Her Powers on Her Dog," 12 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Today In aggregates information such as road closures and weather reports in a specific section of the Facebook app, and users can get updates in their news feeds. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Facebook Moves Deeper Into Providing Local News to Users," 28 Nov. 2018 This update didn’t come out of nowhere; city planners update it every decade. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Here’s what a plan to tackle climate change, density, and affordability looks like," 27 Nov. 2018 According to the Github discussion that exposed the backdoor, the longtime event-stream developer no longer had time to provide updates. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Widely used open source software contained bitcoin-stealing backdoor," 26 Nov. 2018 One devoted person suggested that Heii and Brianna start a YouTube channel, while another requested daily updates of their friendship. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Childhood "Best Friends" Reunite on Social Media After a Viral Tweet," 25 Nov. 2018 And the day after the shooting, when Susan called a Town Hall for all employees to hear updates and to support each other, TVCs, or contract workers, were excluded from that. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 No more getting tempted by texts after bedtime or awoken by update notifications. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How 17 Stressed-Out Millennials Make Home a Peaceful Place to Escape When the News Is Just Too Much," 19 Nov. 2018 Ocean’s Instagram is refreshingly off the cuff, interspersed with goofy mirror selfies and house-proud updates that are totally relatable (yes, Ocean is really excited about his new light fixture). Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Frank Ocean’s Newly Public Instagram Offers Surprising New Insights Into the Singer’s Style," 16 Nov. 2018 These new routes and airline updates are in response to a perfect storm of cultural and celebrity happenings which, over the last couple years, firmly reignited America’s infatuation with Tahiti. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Is Suddenly Traveling to Tahiti," 9 Nov. 2018

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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 \
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 \

Kids Definition of update (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that gives or includes the latest information

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