[ verb uhp-deyt, uhp-deyt; noun uhp-deyt ]
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verb (used with object),up·dat·ed, up·dat·ing.
  1. to bring (a book, figures, or the like) up to date as by adding new information or making corrections: to update a science textbook.

  2. Computers. to incorporate new or more accurate information in (a database, program, procedure, etc.).

  1. to bring (a person, organization, etc.) up to date on a particular subject: The magazine article will update you on the international situation.

  1. an act or instance of updating: to make an update in a financial ledger.

  2. information or data used in updating.

  1. an updated version, model, or the like.

Origin of update

First recorded in 1940–45; up- + date1

Other words from update

  • up·dat·a·ble, adjective
  • up·dat·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for update


verb(ʌpˈdeɪt) (tr)
  1. to bring up to date

  1. the act of updating or something that is updated

Derived forms of update

  • updateable, adjective
  • updater, noun

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