[ adjective uhp-skeyl; verb uhp-skeyl; noun uhp-skeyl ]
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  1. located at, moving toward, or of or for the upper end of a social or economic scale: The boutique caters to upscale young career people.

  2. luxurious, costly, or elegant.

verb (used with object),up·scaled, up·scal·ing.
  1. to improve the quality, value, or rating of: a five-year plan to upscale the neighborhood.

nounUsually the upscale .(used with a plural verb)
  1. elegant, elite, privileged persons collectively: shops that only the upscale can afford to patronize.

Origin of upscale

An Americanism dating back to 1970–75; up- + scale3

Words Nearby upscale Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use upscale in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for upscale


/ informal /

  1. of or for the upper end of an economic or social scale; up-market

  1. (tr) to increase the scale of

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