What does upgrade mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. upgrade(noun)

    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"

  2. upgrade(noun)

    hardware that provides better performance than an earlier version did

  3. upgrade, rise, rising slope(noun)

    the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises

  4. upgrade(noun)

    a reservation that is improved

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

  5. upgrade(noun)

    software that provides better performance than an earlier version did

  6. 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"

  7. 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    to improve what was old or outdated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"

  8. upgrade(verb)

    give better travel conditions to

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

  9. upgrade(verb)

    get better travel conditions

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

  10. upgrade(verb)

    rate higher; raise in value or esteem

  11. 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"


  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  

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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. Kevin Cassidy:

    So they are going to put Band-Aids on their current servers and not upgrade them.

  2. Simon Enever:

    We wanted to make a toothbrush that was accessible, desirable, and wanted by the 80 % of people that have not ever upgraded or been bothered to upgrade their toothbrush [ to an electric one ], by taking out all of the features that really didn't make a big difference and focusing on the ones that really did, we could make something much more simple, affordable, and hopefully enjoyable to use.

  3. Ben Rhodes:

    What we want to demonstrate with this visit is a significant upgrade in the relationship between the United States and Vietnam ... even as we have areas of difference.

  4. Jing Bing:

    When you sell new products at significantly higher prices it will affect your demand somewhat because now you are asking people to upgrade to a better product at much higher prices. How many consumers would have such budgets?

  5. James Chao:

    The product seems pretty good, styling wise, and they have got to get the core sedan product right which it appears that they have (with the GC9), but that's just the start of the brand building exercise. It will take years for them to build this brand, whether it's this brand or another brand, to upgrade to the Volkswagen level.

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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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