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[n. uhp-greyd; adj., adv. uhp-greyd; v. uhp-greyd, uhp-greyd] /n. ˈʌpˌgreɪd; adj., adv. ˈʌpˈgreɪd; v. ʌpˈgreɪd, ˈʌpˌgreɪd/
noun
1.
an incline going up in the direction of movement.
2.
an increase or improvement:
an upgrade in the year's profit forecast.
3.
a new version, improved model, etc.:
The company is offering an upgrade of its sports sedan.
4.
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.
5.
something, as a piece of equipment, that serves to improve or enhance:
a full range of upgrades available for your computer.
adjective
6.
uphill; of, pertaining to, on, or along an upgrade.
adverb
7.
up a slope.
verb (used with object), upgraded, upgrading.
8.
to promote to a higher grade or rank:
He has been upgraded to senior vice president.
9.
to improve or enhance the quality or value of:
to upgrade property by landscaping it.
verb (used without object), upgraded, upgrading.
10.
to improve the quality, value, effectiveness, or performance of something:
Buy this basic computer and upgrade whenever you're ready.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism; up- + grade
Related forms
upgradable, upgradeable, adjective
upgradability, upgradeability, noun
upgrader, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for upgradability

upgrade

verb (transitive) (ʌpˈɡreɪd)
1.
to assign or promote (a person or job) to a higher professional rank or position
2.
to raise in value, importance, esteem, etc
3.
to improve (a breed of livestock) by crossing with a better strain
noun (ˈʌpˌɡreɪd)
4.
(US & Canadian) an upward slope
5.
on the upgrade, improving or progressing, as in importance, status, health, etc
adjective
6.
(US & Canadian) going or sloping upwards
adverb (ˈʌpˈɡreɪd)
7.
(US & Canadian) up an incline, hill, or slope
Derived Forms
upgrader, noun
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Word Origin and History for upgradability

upgrade

n.

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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upgradability in Technology

jargon
(Or "upgradeability") How easily upgrades to a system can be produced and applied. E.g. "Buying a PC with more PCI slots gives you increased upgradeability."
(1999-10-11)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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