[verb uhp-deyt, uhp-deyt; noun uhp-deyt]

verb (used with object), up·dat·ed, up·dat·ing.

to bring (a book, figures, or the like) up to date as by adding new information or making corrections: to update a science textbook.
Computers. to incorporate new or more accurate information in (a database, program, procedure, etc.).
to bring (a person, organization, etc.) up to date on a particular subject: The magazine article will update you on the international situation.


an act or instance of updating: to make an update in a financial ledger.
information or data used in updating.
an updated version, model, or the like.

Origin of update

First recorded in 1940–45; up- + date1
Related formsup·dat·a·ble, adjectiveup·dat·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for updated

Contemporary Examples of updated

Historical Examples of updated

  • Updated editions will replace the previous one--the old editions will be renamed.

  • Authors' and First Lines' Indices were updated to match poems.

  • The page numbers have been updated for the plain text version of this book.

    Insect Adventures

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Updated editions will replace the previous one—the old editions will be renamed.


    O. Henry

  • He flicked a button that gave him an updated status report on each of the three men in question.

    The Dueling Machine

    Benjamin William Bova

British Dictionary definitions for updated


verb (ʌpˈdeɪt) (tr)

to bring up to date

noun (ˈʌpˌdeɪt)

the act of updating or something that is updated
Derived Formsupdateable, adjectiveupdater, noun
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Word Origin and History for updated



1948, in reference to information, 1952 in reference to persons, from up + date (v.1). Related: Updated; updating. The noun is attested from 1967.

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