verb (used with object), up·rat·ed, up·rat·ing.
  1. to raise in rate, power, size, classification, etc.; upgrade: to uprate a rocket engine.

Origin of uprate

First recorded in 1965–70; up- + rate1
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British Dictionary definitions for uprate


  1. raise the value, rate, or size of, upgrade
  2. photog to increase the effective speed of (a film) by underexposing, usually up to two stops, and subsequently overdeveloping (pushing the processing)
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