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, upgrade(noun)

    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

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

  2. upgrade(noun)

    software that provides better performance than an earlier version did

  3. upgrade(noun)

    a reservation that is improved

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

  4. upgrade, rise, rising slope(noun)

    the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises

  5. upgrade(noun)

    hardware that provides better performance than an earlier version did

  6. upgrade(verb)

    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. upgrade(verb)

    rate higher; raise in value or esteem

  8. upgrade(verb)

    to improve what was old or outdated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, elevate(verb)

    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. upgrade(verb)

    get better travel conditions

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

  11. upgrade(verb)

    give better travel conditions to

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


  1. upgrade(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From up + grade.

  2. upgrade(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From up + grade.

  3. upgrade(Verb)

    to replace an existing object with something better

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

    Etymology: From up + grade.

  4. upgrade(Verb)

    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

    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  

How to pronounce upgrade?

  1. Alex
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How to say upgrade in sign language?

  1. upgrade


  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. Ars Technica:

    AirPods may be expensive, but at least you’ll get an audio-quality upgrade if you spring for them.

  2. Jackie Molsbee:

    If we are told we have to upgrade security, all schools in Texas need help, not just our school.

  3. Ambassador Ron Dermer:

    Israel hopes that the discussions we are now engaged in will culminate in a long-term agreement that will dramatically upgrade Israel's ability to defend itself by itself against any threat and enable Israel to address the enormous challenges we now face in the region.

  4. Carl Schuster:

    It's a significant upgrade over its predecessors.

  5. Di Maio:

    Libya at the moment poses a risk to Europe on migration and also on terrorism, this meeting was supposed to take place in Libya but the security situation there did not allow that, but the EU will upgrade its strategies on Libya from tomorrow.

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Translations for upgrade

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  • ترقيةArabic
  • verbessern, aufrüsten, Upgrade, nachrüsten, hochrüstenGerman
  • αναβαθμίζω, αναβάθμισηGreek
  • mejora, mejorar, actualizarSpanish
  • parannus, parantaaFinnish
  • mise à niveauFrench
  • שדרגHebrew
  • aggiornamentoItalian
  • アップグレードJapanese
  • upgradenDutch
  • melhorarPortuguese
  • усовершенствовать, модернизация, улучшить, модернизировать, апгрейд, улучшать, обновление, обновлять, обновитьRussian
  • uppgradering, befordra, uppgradera, uppdatera, uppvärderaSwedish
  • yükseltmek, geliştirmek, iyileştirmekTurkish
  • оновленняUkrainian

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