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upscale

Syllabification: up·scale
Pronunciation: /ˌəpˈskāl
 
, ˈəpˌskāl/
chiefly North American

Definition of upscale in English:

adjective

Relatively expensive and designed to appeal to affluent consumers: Hawaii’s upscale boutique hotels
More example sentences
  • My daughter is a junior at Walt Whitman High School, an upscale public school in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • New Hampshire is among the most upscale Democratic electorates you'll find anywhere in the country.
  • Prices for these upscale public courses range from the eminently affordable to bordering on the budget buster.
Synonyms
deluxe, posh, ritzy, upper-class, classy, chi-chi;
high-end, expensive, high-priced

adverb

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Towards the more expensive or affluent sector of the market: once known as the low-cost cousin of beef, fish has moved upscale
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  • Home builders have almost abandoned building homes for first-time buyers and moved upscale to attract all-cash buyers.
  • Since 2009, the brand has been moving upscale, though this is balanced by more accessible seasonal sales and a handful of outlet stores.
  • Volkswagen is trying to move upscale too, with only slightly better luck.

verb

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1Increase the size or scale of: for the most part games are upscaled to fit your TV screen (as adjective upscaled) an upscaled version of the image
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  • The insurance company upscaled the amount it estimated the earthquake would cost.
  • I'm sure they can upscale the image to 4k and beyond easily enough.
  • Depending on how well your TV upscales standard-definition video, the image may look better that way.
1.1Raise the standard or quality of: we wanted to upscale the decor
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  • He likes the Oak Room's new, upscaled decor, but agreed that the menu could be more inclusive.
  • Neat, country touches have upscaled the neighborhood's homes.
  • This approach highlights a new trend in the process of upgrading or upscaling the hardware environment.

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