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

Ari took to her Instagram Stories on Friday, May 10, to update fans on her musical endeavors. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Says She Is Creating New Music," 11 May 2019 Kelly has been keeping her fans updated on her recovery. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Returned to 'The Voice' Just 5 Days After Her Emergency Surgery," 7 May 2019 The View star Whoopi Goldberg updated the world on her health since last appearing on the show more than a month ago. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Fans Rally Behind Whoopi Goldberg After She Says "Came Close to Leaving the Earth"," 8 Mar. 2019 Last Friday, when Tesla updated its pricing on the Model 3 Performance to include the Performance Upgrades Package for free, some Tesla owners were miffed. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Tesla is what happens when you run a car company like a tech company," 2 Nov. 2018 Jaguar has steadily updated the car with new powertrains and minor styling updates, but new spy photos seem to indicate that the fast cat will be getting its first major facelift in more than six years. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Jaguar F-Type Is Getting a Major Facelift with Some Radical Changes," 20 May 2019 These are the top eight categories; this story will be updated with the full award list. Vogue, "Here Are the 2019 Tony Award Nominations," 30 Apr. 2019 This story will be updated as more news is released. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "BREAKING: Louis Tomlinson's Sister Félicité Tomlinson Found Dead at 18," 15 Mar. 2019 Apparently, the real number is closer to $1 million per Instagram post and Kim's legal team is expected to update the filing to reflect that. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Apparently Makes $1 Million Per Instagram Post," 4 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Visitors loved the updates so much that branch use increased via program attendance, in some cases by more than double. Tylisa C. Johnson, https://www.inquirer.com, "Report: Patrons give Free Library’s renovated branches high marks," 4 June 2019 Arguably the biggest update coming to the Apple Watch is the new on-watch App Store. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple’s watchOS 6 brings new apps (and various iPhone apps) to Watch," 3 June 2019 Muilenburg maintains that a software update that will rectify the MCAS issue will be ready within the coming weeks. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Takes Responsibility For Both 737 Max 8 Crashes and Apologizes," 4 Apr. 2019 For longtime Hallmark fans, these updates are seriously devastating. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Is Hallmark Cancelling 'When Calls the Heart' Following the Lori Loughlin Scandal?," 15 Mar. 2019 Queens City Councilman Barry Grodenchik, the bill’s sponsor, said an update was long overdue. Katie Honan, WSJ, "NYC Council Bill Would Save Commercial Landlords Cash in a Property-Tax Appeal," 27 Jan. 2019 As the company explained in a forum thread, the 4.15.206 firmware update for the Harmony Hub system was in order to patch a security vulnerability, which also had the effect of blocking these other integrations. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Logitech angers users with Harmony update that breaks some home automation setups," 20 Dec. 2018 In yesterday's update, the first NASA has released since May, the agency confirmed that the communication problems continue. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "Long-Lost Spacecraft That NASA Rediscovered This Year Is Incommunicado," 30 Aug. 2018 There’s also upgraded electricity, plumbing, and a tankless water system—not the sexiest details, but those updates are good news for a house that’s more than a century old. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Adorable cottage in SoCal asks $949K," 13 Aug. 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 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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