upgrade

[n. uhp-greyd; adj., adv. uhp-greyd; v. uhp-greyd, uhp-greyd]
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:
1870–75, Americanism; up- + grade

upgradable, upgradeable, adjective
upgradability, upgradeability, noun
upgrader, noun
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upgrade
 
vb
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
 
n
4.  (US), (Canadian) an upward slope
5.  on the upgrade improving or progressing, as in importance, status, health, etc
 
adj
6.  (US), (Canadian) going or sloping upwards
 
adv
7.  (US), (Canadian) up an incline, hill, or slope
 
up'grader
 
n

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Word Origin & History

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).
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upgrade definition


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.
(1995-03-14)

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Example sentences
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.
But hotels upgrade their rooms to please business travelers whose expense accounts impose budget limits.
There is no incentive for government bridge inspectors to upgrade their technology, methods, and training.
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