Definition of upscale in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌpskeɪl/
Pronunciation: /ʌpˈskeɪl/
chiefly North American


Relatively expensive and designed to appeal to affluent consumers; upmarket: Hawaii’s upscale boutique hotels
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  • 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.


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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  • Volkswagen is trying to move upscale too, with only slightly better luck.
  • When I feel like going a bit upscale this is where I land.
  • What syndicated studies there are tend to skew upscale and can't be generalized to the total population.


[with object]
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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  • Colors are accurate, but detail is weak; the image looks like an upscaled DVD.
  • The game looks great just upscaled for the iPad.
  • For those with a huge library of DVDs, you will not be disappointed with the set's sharp and clean upscaled video.
1.1Raise the standard or quality of: we wanted to upscale the decor
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  • Even complimentary snacks at the bar have been upscaled.
  • "We've upscaled the area," Nielsen said.
  • This approach highlights a new trend in the process of upgrading or upscaling the hardware environment.

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