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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Other Words from update


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

This story was updated to reflect that a suspect is not in custody. oregonlive.com, "Police investigate shooting at Holladay Park; no injuries reported," 16 June 2019 The unit will be updated from top to bottom with new flooring, doors, windows, lighting and furniture that will provide a more comfortable space for families to stay with their children. Quintez Brown, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Walmart stores raising millions for Norton Children's Hospital," 13 June 2019 Now, the 5-bedroom, 6.5-bath home has been updated for modern living, while still retaining its historic charm. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "You Could Own This New York Townhouse, once Featured in House Beautiful in 1924," 12 June 2019 This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. EST to include UMG's statement. Marc Schneider, Billboard, "Universal Fire in 2008 Estimated to Have Destroyed 500,000 Iconic Master Recordings," 11 June 2019 Shah says another 65 are scheduled to be updated within the next year or two. BostonGlobe.com, "New Skanska development chief has eye out for big projects," 11 June 2019 Fatal crash Information from Muskego police of the incident remained sparse at first on June 8, but was updated June 10 with more detail. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An 18-year-old teenager was killed in a car crash in Muskego one week before his high school graduation," 10 June 2019 Editor's note: A previous version of this headline that said Bárcena Coqui contradicted the president has been updated to more accurately reflect the ambassador's comments. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Mexican ambassador won't say whether Mexico agreed to new agriculture deal," 9 June 2019 Tonto National Forest officials initially estimated the fire was about 30 acres and then updated that to about 300 acres by late afternoon. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Human-caused wildfire in Tonto National Forest grows to 6,200 acres," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cadillac releases an update to SuperCruise, its semi-automated, Autopilot-like feature, that will let its drivers use the hands-off driver assistance on 35 percent more roads. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week," 16 June 2019 In 2015, the Village Board voted to borrow up to $4 million from the IEPA under the Water Pollution Control Loan Program to cover the upgrades, along with an update to the village’s water main system. Taylor Hartz, chicagotribune.com, "Harwood Heights Board lowers cost of pump house upgrades to $1.3 million," 14 June 2019 That understanding of the film as an update to the series rather than a reboot also helped ease Thompson’s anxieties about measuring up. Sonaiya Kelley, latimes.com, "Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth build on ‘Avengers’ chemistry for ‘Men in Black’," 14 June 2019 There have also been updates to the video equipment used in the cars, interview rooms decked out to the best available, and body cams worn by the officers. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton Mayor Wadzeck discusses future growth, road projects," 12 June 2019 The bureau, in an update to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, would allow debt collectors to send unlimited texts and emails to consumers, as well as call them seven times a week per debt. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Robocall ruling by FCC will let phone companies block unwanted calls by default," 6 June 2019 In an update to backers of the show's 2017 Kickstarter, Hodgson said this will be his final national tour as host. Channing King, Indianapolis Star, "Movies and jokes: 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' tour coming to Indianapolis," 6 June 2019 Check back for updates to this list throughout the day Wednesday. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers selections in MLB draft, rounds 11-40," 5 June 2019 The lengthy agenda included discussing updates to the district’s safety policy. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Douglas County schools eye districtwide safety plan in wake of STEM shooting," 5 June 2019

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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 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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to take the place or position of

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