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[n. uhp-greyd; adj., adv. uhp-greyd; v. uhp-greyd, uhp-greyd] /n. ˈʌpˌgreɪd; adj., adv. ˈʌpˈgreɪd; v. ʌpˈgreɪd, ˈʌpˌgreɪd/
an incline going up in the direction of movement.
an increase or improvement:
an upgrade in the year's profit forecast.
a new version, improved model, etc.:
The company is offering an upgrade of its sports sedan.
an increase or improvement in one's service, accommodations, privileges, or the like:
If the ship isn't full we'll receive an upgrade to a deluxe stateroom.
something, as a piece of equipment, that serves to improve or enhance:
a full range of upgrades available for your computer.
uphill; of, pertaining to, on, or along an upgrade.
up a slope.
verb (used with object), upgraded, upgrading.
to promote to a higher grade or rank:
He has been upgraded to senior vice president.
to improve or enhance the quality or value of:
to upgrade property by landscaping it.
verb (used without object), upgraded, upgrading.
to improve the quality, value, effectiveness, or performance of something:
Buy this basic computer and upgrade whenever you're ready.
Origin of upgrade
1870-75, Americanism; up- + grade
Related forms
upgradable, upgradeable, adjective
upgradability, upgradeability, noun
upgrader, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for upgrade
  • They want to upgrade to a more-prestigious university, a bigger salary, and better facilities.
  • Our goals were to open the spaces to each other and to reorganize and upgrade the kitchen as a warm and elegant entertaining area.
  • These systems are only a software upgrade away from fully self-sufficient operation.
  • Kindle's latest upgrade has also cut down on that page-turn lag mentioned in this article.
  • Ostensibly, the couples are couples, but in fact several of the partners are looking for an upgrade.
  • If the upgrade cycle is slow, families can hand down calculators from older kids to younger ones.
  • But hotels upgrade their rooms to please business travelers whose expense accounts impose budget limits.
  • In fact, lots of people would consider it an upgrade.
  • Winter squash is the perfect way to give your next fall meal a hearty upgrade.
  • There is no incentive for government bridge inspectors to upgrade their technology, methods, and training.
British Dictionary definitions for upgrade


verb (transitive) (ʌpˈɡreɪd)
to assign or promote (a person or job) to a higher professional rank or position
to raise in value, importance, esteem, etc
to improve (a breed of livestock) by crossing with a better strain
noun (ˈʌpˌɡreɪd)
(US & Canadian) an upward slope
on the upgrade, improving or progressing, as in importance, status, health, etc
(US & Canadian) going or sloping upwards
adverb (ˈʌpˈɡreɪd)
(US & Canadian) up an incline, hill, or slope
Derived Forms
upgrader, noun
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Word Origin and History for upgrade

1873, "upward slope," from up + grade. The meaning "upgraded version" is recorded from 1980; the verb in this sense is attested from 1920 (implied in upgrading).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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upgrade in Technology

1. A new or better version of some hardware or software.
Often used in marketroid-speak to mean "bug fix".
2. The act of developing or installing a new version.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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