What does upgrade mean?

Definitions for upgrade
ˈʌpˌgreɪd; ˈʌpˈgreɪd; ʌpˈgreɪd, ˈʌpˌgreɪdup·grade

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word upgrade.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ascent, acclivity, rise, raise, climb, upgradenoun

    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

    "the car couldn't make it up the rise"

  2. upgradenoun

    software that provides better performance than an earlier version did

  3. upgradenoun

    a reservation that is improved

    "I got an upgrade to first class when coach class was full"

  4. upgrade, rise, rising slopenoun

    the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises

  5. upgradenoun

    hardware that provides better performance than an earlier version did

  6. upgradeverb

    the act of improving something (especially machinery) by raising it to a higher grade (as by adding or replacing components)

    "the power plant received a new upgrade"

  7. upgradeverb

    rate higher; raise in value or esteem

  8. upgradeverb

    to improve what was old or outdated

    "I've upgraded my computer so I can run better software"; "The company upgraded their personnel"

  9. promote, upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, raise, elevateverb

    give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

    "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work"

  10. upgradeverb

    get better travel conditions

    "I upgraded to First Class when Coach Class was overbooked"

  11. upgradeverb

    give better travel conditions to

    "The airline upgraded me when I arrived late and Coach Class was full"


  1. upgradenoun

    an improved component or replacement item, usually applied to technology

    With my phone company, I get a free upgrade every twelve months if I keep topping up 10 pounds a month.

  2. upgradeverb

    to improve, usually applied to technology, generally by complete replacement of one or more components

  3. upgradeverb

    to replace an existing object with something better

    I had to upgrade my anti-virus software to protect my computer from the newer threats.

  4. upgradeverb

    to replace a program with a later version of itself, a version having a higher version number or marketed under a more recent product name

  5. Etymology: From up + grade.


  1. Upgrade

    Upgrading is the process of replacing a product with a newer version of the same product. In computing and consumer electronics an upgrade is generally a replacement of hardware, software or firmware with a newer or better version, in order to bring the system up to date or to improve its characteristics.

Editors Contribution

  1. upgrade

    To improve a structure, system, software or form of technology.

    Upgrades take place across the world e.g. mobile phone upgrade, road system upgrade, rail infrastructure upgrade etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of upgrade in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of upgrade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of upgrade in a Sentence

  1. Phil Robertson:

    They have done very little to improve the protection from abuse that migrant workers face. They have done precious little, frankly, to merit an upgrade.

  2. Kim Hyun-chong:

    I think this situation will be an opportunity to upgrade the South Korea-U.S. alliance, in close cooperation.

  3. Handy Yunianto:

    At least this enforces our belief that there is potentially a further upgrade next year by Fitch and Moody's, should the current account balance improve, inflation remain below 3.5 percent and tax revenues be sustained.

  4. Subhankar Saha:

    Two (SWIFT) engineers came and visited the bank after the heist and suggested to upgrade the system.

  5. Patrick Meehan:

    A lack of consequences for when nation states carry out cyberattacks has only emboldened these adversaries to do more harm, the attack on Sony shows the dire need to upgrade our cyber defenses.

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  • ترقيةArabic
  • verbessern, aufrüsten, hochrüsten, nachrüsten, UpgradeGerman
  • αναβαθμίζω, αναβάθμισηGreek
  • mejora, actualizar, mejorarSpanish
  • parantaa, parannusFinnish
  • mise à niveauFrench
  • שדרגHebrew
  • aggiornamentoItalian
  • アップグレードJapanese
  • upgradenDutch
  • melhorarPortuguese
  • улучшить, модернизировать, модернизация, апгрейд, усовершенствовать, улучшать, обновить, обновление, обновлятьRussian
  • uppgradera, befordra, uppvärdera, uppdatera, uppgraderingSwedish
  • iyileştirmek, yükseltmek, geliştirmekTurkish
  • оновленняUkrainian

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