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

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

Even without a draft, men still face prison, fines, and denial of federal loans for not registering or for not updating the government of their whereabouts. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Why a Judge Ruled the Males-Only Military Draft Unconstitutional," 25 Feb. 2019 Retailers that have had the capacity to invest heavily in updating stores and building out their digital operations have been able to pull ahead. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Why Only Some Retailers Got Their Holiday Wishes," 10 Jan. 2019 Extra points for updating nostalgic silhouettes (like flares) with modern details (like fun prints). Divya Bala, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Nail Statement Style This Winter," 30 Nov. 2018 Before updating her bronde dye job, Jackie Aina sported a more subtle look. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "21 Bronde Hair Ideas That Look Amazing on Everyone," 7 Oct. 2018 The previous owners, who purchased the home in 2014, worked to maintain its iconic architecture while updating the plumbing, wiring, climate control, and more. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "So, Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Now the Proud Owners of...A Castle?," 3 Mar. 2019 Since Friday, at least four of the apps that the Journal had identified and contacted as part of its reporting issued updates to cut off transmission of sensitive data to Facebook, a new round of testing showed Sunday. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Popular Apps Cease Sharing Data With Facebook," 24 Feb. 2019 The microphone wasn't disclosed or listed in any of the product materials, though now the company has updated its information to include it. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Google Calls Hidden Microphone in Its Nest Home Security Devices an 'Error'," 21 Feb. 2019 Have your kids help clean and update their bookshelves. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The 6 Things Designer Joy Cho Does to Make Spring Cleaning Less Painful," 15 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Well, last night, the congresswoman took to Instagram live to share an update on her progress. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Here's What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Bought at IKEA," 4 Apr. 2019 But with ever more live-action adaptations of the classics like Dumbo coming to theaters, the old formula could use an update. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why Does Disney Hate Mothers So Much?," 28 Mar. 2019 An update rolled out today that adds support for Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology, which uses machine learning and the dedicated tensor cores inside GeForce RTX graphics cards to make your games play faster. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "BioWare's Anthem adds DLSS support as Nvidia's RTX push continues," 26 Mar. 2019 The article included an update that the actor and model was allegedly released from medical care and was reportedly at home under the supervision of her team. De Elizabeth, Allure, "Paris Jackson Slams Reports That She Attempted Suicide," 19 Mar. 2019 The decision, which was taken before U.S. investigators reached the crash site—or even before Boeing issued an update to... Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "China Grounds All Boeing 737 MAX 8 Jets After Ethiopian Airlines Crash," 11 Mar. 2019 From Dutch studio RoosRos Architecten comes an update to the WikiHouse model of open source architecture. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "The 7 most impressive prefab homes from 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Per the New York Times, pilots from United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines were briefed on the update in a meeting with Boeing over the weekend. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "FAA 'Tentatively' Approves Software Update For The Grounded Boeing 737 Max 8," 25 Mar. 2019 Despite the updates, the brownstone still retains its roots. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "This Four-Story Brooklyn Brownstone Is Traditional—With a Twist," 18 Mar. 2019

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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 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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