[noun uhp-greyd; adjective, adverb uhp-greyd; verb uhp-greyd, uhp-greyd]
an incline going up in the direction of movement.
an increase or improvement: an upgrade in the year's profit forecast.
a new version, improved model, etc.: The company is offering an upgrade of its sports sedan.
an increase or improvement in one's service, accommodations, privileges, or the like: If the ship isn't full we'll receive an upgrade to a deluxe stateroom.
something, as a piece of equipment, that serves to improve or enhance: a full range of upgrades available for your computer.
uphill; of, pertaining to, on, or along an upgrade.
up a slope.
verb (used with object), up·grad·ed, up·grad·ing.
to promote to a higher grade or rank: He has been upgraded to senior vice president.
to improve or enhance the quality or value of: to upgrade property by landscaping it.
verb (used without object), up·grad·ed, up·grad·ing.
to improve the quality, value, effectiveness, or performance of something: Buy this basic computer and upgrade whenever you're ready.
Origin of upgrade
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verb (ʌpˈɡreɪd) (tr)
to assign or promote (a person or job) to a higher professional rank or position
to raise in value, importance, esteem, etc
to improve (a breed of livestock) by crossing with a better strain
US and Canadian an upward slope
on the upgrade improving or progressing, as in importance, status, health, etc
US and Canadian going or sloping upwards
US and Canadian up an incline, hill, or slope
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