Nearby words

  1. upend,
  2. upf,
  3. upfold,
  4. upfront,
  5. upgather,
  6. upgrowth,
  7. upham,
  8. upheaval,
  9. upheave,
  10. upheld

Origin of upgrade

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; up- + grade

Related formsup·grad·a·ble, up·grade·a·ble, adjectiveup·grad·a·bil·i·ty, up·grade·a·bil·i·ty, nounup·grad·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for upgradability
Derived Formsupgrader, noun

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Word Origin and History for upgradability

upgrade

n.

1873, "upward slope," from up + grade. The meaning "upgraded version" is recorded from 1980; the verb in this sense is attested from 1920 (implied in upgrading).

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