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[v. uhp-deyt, uhp-deyt; n. uhp-deyt] /v. ʌpˈdeɪt, ˈʌpˌdeɪt; n. ˈʌpˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), updated, updating.
to bring (a book, figures, or the like) up to date, as by adding new information or making corrections:
to update a science textbook.
Computers. to incorporate new or more accurate information in (a database, program, procedure, etc.).
to bring (a person, organization, etc.) up to date on a particular subject:
The magazine article will update you on the international situation.
an act or instance of updating:
to make an update in a financial ledger.
information or data used in updating.
an updated version, model, or the like.
1940-45; up- + date1
Related forms
updatable, adjective
updater, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for update
  • To update your login or account information, please visit your account homepage.
  • Please update when any information comes about regarding the other markings.
  • update traditional place settings with a casual, colorful new take.
  • The update tweaks existing features and adds a few brand new ones.
  • If you've been on the market before, ask your references to update their letters as soon as possible.
  • To update your account information, please visit your account homepage.
  • Here, an update and audio outtakes from some of those accidental celebrities.
  • Please accept my apologies for letting this blog go so long without an update.
  • The editors will present an update of their journals' metrics.
  • Half an hour later an update came: the subject had been located.
British Dictionary definitions for update


verb (transitive) (ʌpˈdeɪt)
to bring up to date
noun (ˈʌpˌdeɪt)
the act of updating or something that is updated
Derived Forms
updateable, adjective
updater, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for update

1948, in reference to information, 1952 in reference to persons, from up + date (v.1). Related: Updated; updating. The noun is attested from 1967.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for update



Optimistic; encouraging; positive: They use catchy, upbeat phrases/ A triumph of upbeat pictures over the downbeat

[1947+; apparently fr the musical term upbeat, ''a beat on which a conductor raises his baton,'' but since such beats have no emotional connotations, the coiner must have seized on the general positive notion of up and taken beat to mean ''stroke, movement'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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