upgrade

noun
up·​grade | \ ˈəp-ˌgrād How to pronounce upgrade (audio) \

Definition of upgrade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upward grade or slope
2 : increase, rise

upgrade

verb
up·​grade | \ ˈəp-ˌgrād How to pronounce upgrade (audio) , ˌəp-ˈgrād How to pronounce upgrade (audio) \
upgraded; upgrading; upgrades

Definition of upgrade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to raise or improve the grade of: such as
a : to improve (livestock) by use of purebred sires
b : to advance to a job requiring a higher level of skill especially as part of a training program
c : to raise the quality of
d : to raise the classification and usually the price of without improving the quality
e : to extend the usefulness of (something, such as a device)
f : to assign a less serious status to upgraded the patient's condition to good

intransitive verb

: to replace something (such as software or an electronic device) with a more useful version or alternative Upgrading to a new operating system can make people anxious, even under the best of circumstances.Macworld

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Other Words from upgrade

Verb

upgradability or upgradeability \ ˌəp-​ˌgrā-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce upgradeability (audio) \ noun
upgradable or upgradeable \ ˌəp-​ˈgrā-​də-​bəl How to pronounce upgradeable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for upgrade

Synonyms: Noun

acclivity, ascent, hill, rise, uphill, uprise

Synonyms: Verb

advance, elevate, promote, raise

Antonyms: Noun

declension, decline, declivity, descent, dip, downgrade, downhill, drop-off, fall, hang, hanging

Antonyms: Verb

abase, degrade, demote, downgrade, lower, reduce

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Examples of upgrade in a Sentence

Noun

a slight upgrade in the roadway The hotel offered us a room upgrade.

Verb

This course will help you to upgrade your computer skills. They've upgraded the quality of their service. The city is upgrading the sewage treatment plant. The office is upgrading the telephone system. They upgraded the hotel to attract more business patrons. We were able to upgrade to first class. We had reserved a double room, but the hotel upgraded us to a suite.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here’s a look at upgrades to the utility giant’s power grid that might have prevented these blazes. Russell Gold, WSJ, "PG&E Says Its Equipment Was Probable ‘Ignition Point’ of Camp Fire, Takes $11.5 Billion in Charges," 28 Feb. 2019 Justina and Faith deserve daughters of the year awards for this total upgrade to their parents' home. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Designer Justina Blakeney Shared Amazing Before & Afters of her Parents' House," 31 Jan. 2019 Think of it as an upgrade to the usual powder puffs that come free with your favorite powders, but with a millennial friendly twist. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Beautyblender Launched the Powder Pocket Puff," 16 Aug. 2018 Reports have described above-average expenses that include first-class travel, a 24/7 security detail and, recently, $10,200 in costs associated with his upgrade to a larger SUV. Maya Miller, Scientific American, "Embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns--What's Next?," 5 July 2018 If these upgrades to the line work, then so will the offense. A.J. Green is great, obviously. SI.com, "Fantasy Football Preseason Reports: A Scout’s Take on Every Team," 5 July 2018 Exclusive to ShopBAZAAR, Mar’s charming upgrade to the peasant dress has us smitten. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Charming Upgrade to the Peasant Dress," 23 June 2018 During Cowley’s tenure at CCFE, that lab also started an upgrade of its rival to the NSTX, the Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST). Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Knighthood in hand, astrophysicist prepares to lead U.S. fusion lab," 19 June 2018 Bigger Changes Later Otherwise, upgrades to this year’s software will be more muted. Time, "Apple's New Software Will Help You Use Your Phone Less Often," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At Burberry, in a vast show, Riccardo Tisci reframed and upgraded his memories of ’90s London; an endorsement of the great street and club styles, which helped raise morale the last time the British economy was down. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of London Fashion Week Fall 2019," 20 Feb. 2019 The new book will be helpful for anyone that is interested in renovating, designing, decorating and upgrading their home, the stylist said. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Emily Henderson Is Officially Writing Her Second Book And You Could Be Involved," 29 Jan. 2019 Momentum purchased the wind farm and upgraded the nacelles, blades, and control systems while leaving the towers, foundations, and transmission equipment. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Offshore, Act Two: New owner repowers 20-year-old wind farm off Swedish coast," 30 Dec. 2018 Geely recently also agreed to help upgrade Proton cars for sale in global markets. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "Malaysia’s Proton launches first SUV with China’s Geely," 12 Dec. 2018 What the region ought to do is combine and upgrade the existing MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) and VRE (Virginia Railway Express) commuter rail services into a unified system. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "HQ2 is a perfect opportunity to massively upgrade the DC area’s commuter rail," 17 Nov. 2018 The couple might get another title upgrade sooner though, when Prince Charles becomes the monarch. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is What Kate Middleton's Title Will Be When Prince William Becomes King," 25 Oct. 2018 As the pool of potential homebuyers becomes more wealthy and selective because of the market’s rising costs, the need to upgrade older homes to be competitive drives additional renovation. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rising labor costs send the price of house construction skyward," 17 Dec. 2018 But deeply discounted or not, why not use the afternoon as an opportunity to upgrade your vanity with a stockpile of cultish products that will see you through the winter? Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 Cult Beauty Products To Buy in Bulk This Black Friday," 17 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of upgrade

Noun

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1901, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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upgrade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of upgrade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area or surface that goes upward : an upward slope
: an occurrence in which one thing is replaced by something better, newer, more valuable, etc.

upgrade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of upgrade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) better by including the most recent information or improvements
: to choose to have or use something more modern, useful, etc.
: to get something (such as a seat on an airplane or a room in a hotel) that is better than what you had originally

upgrade

verb
up·​grade | \ ˈəp-ˌgrād How to pronounce upgrade (audio) , əp-ˈgrād\
upgraded; upgrading

Kids Definition of upgrade

1 : to raise to a higher grade or position The restaurant was upgraded from three to four stars.
2 : to improve or replace old software or an old device

upgrade

transitive verb
up·​grade | \ ˈəp-ˌgrād, ˌəp-ˈ How to pronounce upgrade (audio) \
upgraded; upgrading

Medical Definition of upgrade

1 : to assign a less serious status to upgraded the patient's condition from fair to good
2 : to reclassify (as a cancer, concussion, or bone fracture) to a more serious grade when the grades are numbered from least to most serious

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