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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Related Words for upgrade

increase, enhance, promote, boost, raise, better, advance, lift, progress, elevate

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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

noun (ˈʌpˌɡreɪd)

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

adverb (ˈʌpˈɡreɪd)

US and Canadian up an incline, hill, or slope
Derived Formsupgrader, noun
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Word Origin and History for upgrade

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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