Share this entry

Share this page


Syllabification: up·grade

Definition of upgrade in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈəpˌɡrād
, ˌəpˈɡrād
[with object]
1Raise (something) to a higher standard, in particular improve (equipment or machinery) by adding or replacing components: the cost of upgrading each workstation is around $300 (as adjective upgraded) upgraded computers
More example sentences
  • Now committed players at the club have been asked to raise funds to replace and upgrade the facilities and the squad is to help build the uninsured structures.
  • The company will install reception facilities and container stacking equipment and upgrade the computer system.
  • Since then proprietors have upgraded their safety standards, Tipton said.
improve, modernize, update, bring up to date, make better, ameliorate, reform;
rehabilitate, recondition, refurbish, spruce up, renovate, rejuvenate, overhaul;
bring up to code
1.1Raise (an employee) to a higher grade or rank.
Example sentences
  • She has been upgraded to the advanced level which she is, naturally, absolutely thrilled about.
  • Sgt Vernon attended the open series and was upgraded to Level Six international level referee.


Pronunciation: /ˈəpˌɡrād
Back to top  
1An act of upgrading something.
Example sentences
  • Well, I thought you might have got a room upgrade.
  • Hotels might be willing to give you breakfast, a round of golf or a room upgrade.
  • The offer entitles readers to a complimentary upgrade of room, from a standard double to a Hallmark / Delux room.
1.1An improved or more modern version of something, especially a piece of computing equipment.
Example sentences
  • To fix the bugs, Cisco is offering free software upgrades for various versions of its operating system, all of which are affected by the problem.
  • People change jobs as often as Microsoft launches a software upgrade.


on the upgrade

Improving; progressing.
Example sentences
  • Frankies Dream's credentials are less obvious, although he is clearly on the upgrade.
  • The six-year-old has won his last two races in the style of a reformed character and his five lengths success over Rudi's Pleasure at Cheltenham last time confirmed him to be a horse on the upgrade.
  • But preference is for Shackleton, who looked to be rapidly on the upgrade when cruising to a 12 lengths victory at Clonmel.



Pronunciation: /ˌəpˌɡrādəˈbilitē/
(also upgradeability) noun
Example sentences
  • If you care about upgradeability to prolong the lifespan of your investment, then a desktop PC is a smarter choice for you.
  • Check whether the computer comes with all the necessary options, support for upgradeability and extra slots for memory and other add-on cards.
  • While upgradeability wasn't a primary concern, knowing that it can be greatly expanded in the future adds definite value.


Pronunciation: /ˌəpˈɡrādəbəl/
(also upgradeable) adjective
Example sentences
  • Laptops, which take a beating and aren't very upgradeable, don't last as long as desktop machines, and they also demand a price premium - those are two reasons why manufacturers push them more than they used to.
  • Flat Out is a car racing game in which you can choose one of 16 upgradeable cars to compete in one of 45 competitions.
  • The system adopted by banks should be robust, scalable and upgradable, he added.

Definition of upgrade in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?