up·​scale | \ˈəp-ˈskāl \

Definition of upscale 

: relating to, being, or appealing to affluent consumers also : of a superior quality

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upscale adverb or transitive verb

Examples of upscale in a Sentence

a new upscale shopping center is under construction on the west end of town

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Michael Schall owns two restaurants in New York: Camillo, a neighborhood Italian joint, which uses Resy, and Locanda, a pricier and more upscale restaurant, which uses OpenTable. Sayer Devlin, Recode, "Resy is winning newer, cooler restaurants away from OpenTable," 19 Oct. 2018 Razer The screen is limited to 1080p versions at 60Hz instead of the 144Hz upscale model. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is actually affordable," 10 Oct. 2018 Try upscale wooden planks in lieu of chargers for a rustic look. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "16 Stylish Thanksgiving Table Decorating Ideas," 6 Aug. 2018 An upscale kitchen remodel costs $125,721, with a 53.5 percent ROI. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "Is Your Renovation Actually Worth It?," 13 July 2018 The goal is to create a signature entranceway to the beach and spur upscale redevelopment. Tonya Alanez,, "Two-block closure on Las Olas will clog beach traffic for months," 5 July 2018 The Accord now has a more-upscale cabin, with lots of new and improved technology. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Honda Accord debuts for 2018 with its first-ever turbocharged engines," 15 June 2018 Still, in terms of material and design, the TourX feels more upscale than the Outback. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares Subaru Outback and Buick Regal TourX," 30 May 2018 Like another Folsom Boulevard restaurant, Kru, Allora is upscale and formal for a neighborhood place. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of upscale

1966, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of upscale

: relating to or appealing to people who have a lot of money

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