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upscale

[ adjective uhp-skeyl; verb uhp-skeyl; noun uhp-skeyl ]
/ adjective ˈʌpˈskeɪl; verb ʌpˈskeɪl; noun ˈʌpˌskeɪl /
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adjective
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.
luxurious, costly, or elegant.
verb (used with object), up·scaled, up·scal·ing.
to improve the quality, value, or rating of: a five-year plan to upscale the neighborhood.
noun Usually the upscale .(used with a plural verb)
elegant, elite, privileged persons collectively: shops that only the upscale can afford to patronize.
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Origin of upscale

An Americanism dating back to 1970–75; up- + scale3
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British Dictionary definitions for upscale

upscale
/ informal /

adjective (ˈʌpˈskeɪl)
of or for the upper end of an economic or social scale; up-market
verb (ˈʌpˌskeɪl)
(tr) to increase the scale of
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