Definition of upgrade in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌpˈɡreɪd/
[with object]
1Raise (something) to a higher standard, in particular improve (equipment or machinery) by adding or replacing components: (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, better, make better, ameliorate, reform, enhance, add to, customize, touch up;
rehabilitate, refurbish, recondition, modernize, update, bring up to date, renovate, redecorate, revamp, restore, remodel, redo, brighten up, spruce up;
North American  bring up to code
informal do up, fix up
1.1Raise (an employee) to a higher grade or rank: he will be upgraded from an Undersecretary to a seat at the cabinet table
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  • 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.
promote, give a higher rank to, place in a higher rank, give promotion to, give a higher position to, elevate, advance, move up, raise, lift, boost, improve the position/status of, aggrandize, exalt
informal kick upstairs
archaic prefer


Pronunciation: /ˈʌpɡreɪd/
1An act of upgrading something: a room upgrade from a twin to a duplex suite
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  • 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: check that the upgrade is installed and performing correctly
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  • 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: the horse gained his first win and is clearly very much on the upgrade
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  • 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.



(also upgradability) 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: /ʌpˈɡreɪdəb(ə)l/
(also upgradable) 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.


Example sentences
  • He just wishes the upgraders had also divided his bathroom into two sections so that he could have one separate from his wife.
  • At the very least, we expect it to ship in time to get on Windows XP upgraders ' shopping lists.
  • I rarely buy a ‘better’ version of something I already have… I'm a very suspicious upgrader, even when it comes to software.

Words that rhyme with upgrade

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