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 Hochstein told the embassy officials about Zelensky’s concerns and then traveled to Washington to update Yovanovitch on the meeting. BostonGlobe.com, "State Department officials in Kyiv and Washington were briefed on Zelensky’s concerns at least three times, the two sources said. Notes summarizing his worries were circulated within the department, they said.," 18 Nov. 2019 Engineer Mats Järlström seeks to update the equation that many cities use to calculate yellow-light length. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Yellow Lights Are Too Short," 15 Nov. 2019 Bringing together different sorts of satellite and drone data to update targeting information on the fly will not be easy, not least because the target carrier’s bearing is unlikely to stay steady. The Economist, "Aircraft-carriers are big, expensive, vulnerable—and popular," 14 Nov. 2019 Liisa Ecola would like to update the 10-by-13-foot guest bedroom in her Northeast Washington home. Mari-jane Williams, Washington Post, "Creating room for guests — and a treadmill — in a small bedroom," 14 Nov. 2019 Environmental groups had been waiting nearly three years for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to comply with a federal judge’s orders to update Clean Air Act rules governing emissions of various toxic chemicals. Mark Schleifstein, ProPublica, "New EPA Rules Aim to Reduce Toxic Emissions. But Many “Cancer Alley” Chemical Plants Won’t Have to Change.," 14 Nov. 2019 North American plans to invest $100 million, including the purchase price, to update the 380,000-square-foot, town-center-style shopping center adjacent to the Purple People Bridge along the Ohio River. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Braxton Brewing, King Arthur's Court to join Newport on the Levee holiday lineup," 14 Nov. 2019 Amid the shifts in technology and social norms, companies are being called on to update their policies and benefits for new parents. Ed Frauenheim, Fortune, "How the Best Workplaces Are Winning Over Employees With Parental Benefits," 14 Nov. 2019 Now, even jokes are serious, and writer-director-costar-producer Elizabeth Banks works overtime to re-update the series for the era of movie mythologies and triumphal sisterhood. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Charlie's Angels unleashes a riotous Kristen Stewart on movie that is try-hard trash: EW review," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Google's statement didn't directly confirm this or say if any other manufacturers have installed an update. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Google & Samsung fix Android spying flaw. Other makers may still be vulnerable," 19 Nov. 2019 One fit, in head to toe red, featured modern updates on suiting up, such as oversized lapels and a silky polo shirt in place of a classic button-up. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Harry Styles’s Saturday Night Live Appearance Was a Fashion Tour de Force," 18 Nov. 2019 In an update Monday morning, County Executive Calvin Ball said the county had purchased nine so far, leaving the Phoenix Emporium as the remaining holdout. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "No firm timeline for Ellicott City flood plan; property acquisition, independent study still underway," 18 Nov. 2019 Taylor testified that Sondland called Trump from a busy Ukrainian restaurant to provide him with an update on his work in the country, according to David Holmes, a State Department employee based in Kyiv who overheard the conversation. Anchorage Daily News, "Where the impeachment case stands as Democrats prepare to bring a barrage of new witnesses," 18 Nov. 2019 The former couple, who first announced the pregnancy in September, shared the latest update about their future child on Instagram. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Bear Brown and His Pregnant Ex-Fiancée Just Revealed They're Having a Baby Boy," 17 Nov. 2019 Follow here for the latest updates on the impeachment inquiry: Sandy arrives for his deposition Sandy has arrived for his closed-door deposition. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "White House official Mark Sandy arrives for closed-door deposition in impeachment inquiry: the latest," 16 Nov. 2019 In other even more malicious cases, a skill may tell a user that an update is ready and that Alexa or Google Assistant needs to hear the user's password to install it. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Privacy Guide for Voice Assistants in a World Where You Cannot Escape Them," 16 Nov. 2019 Keep up on all things Women in Music at Billboard.com/women-in-music and check out updates on Instagram and Twitter via @billboard and the hashtag #BBWomenInMusic. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj, Brandi Carlile & Desiree Perez to Be Honored at Billboard's 2019 Women in Music," 15 Nov. 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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The first known use of update was in 1941

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Last Updated

21 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Update.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/updates. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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