[adjective uhp-skeyl; verb uhp-skeyl; noun uhp-skeyl]Informal.
- 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.
- to improve the quality, value, or rating of: a five-year plan to upscale the neighborhood.
- (used with a plural verb) elegant, elite, privileged persons collectively (usually preceded by the): shops that only the upscale can afford to patronize.
Origin of upscale
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- of or for the upper end of an economic or social scale; up-market
- (tr) to increase the scale of
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