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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Derived Formsupgrader, noun
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Word Origin and History for upgrade

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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