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update

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Definition of update in English:

verb

Pronunciation: /ʌpˈdeɪt
 
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[with object]
1Make (something) more modern or up to date: security measures are continually updated and improved (as adjective updated) an updated list of subscribers
More example sentences
  • John has updated it for a modern audience in terms of references to music and GCSEs.
  • If they are dated, you should update them and then scan your system for viruses.
  • We should create new gods, new cosmologies, rather then just update old beliefs for modern times.
Synonyms
modernize, bring up to date, bring into the twenty-first century, renovate, refurbish, recondition, overhaul, re-equip, improve, better, upgrade, streamline, rationalize, reform, revise, correct, amend;
North American bring up to code
1.1Give (someone) the latest information about something: the reporter promised to keep the viewers updated
More example sentences
  • Elizabeth Cohen updates us on a young Louisiana boy and how he touched the hearts of people thousands of miles away.
  • I can't remember exactly when I updated you last, but here is what is going on.
  • Others have updated me on some rather surprising goings on right here in the workplace.
Synonyms
brief, bring up to date, inform, fill in, advise, notify, apprise, report to, give details to, explain the situation to, give information to, give someone the latest information, refresh, explain the circumstances to, describe the state of affairs to;
informal clue in, give a sitrep to, bring up to speed, keep someone up to speed

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈʌpdeɪt
 
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An act of updating something or someone or an updated version of something: an update on recently published crime figures
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  • The version used is an update of the original model presented in 1996.
  • Neighbours look out for each others property and meet together every so often for any updates and police news that may be relevant to their area.
  • All day, the lead story on the news updates was on the Kerry counterattack.

Derivatives

updatable

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adjective
Example sentences
  • The CD-ROM version is searchable and updatable.
  • You can then populate tables with text and updatable fields.
  • It could be available at any time, and the easily updatable content would be consistent.

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