Definition of update in English:



  • 1 Make (something) more modern or up to date.

    ‘security measures are continually updated and improved’
    ‘an updated list of subscribers’
    • ‘My aim is not to write a new book; my aim is to correct and update the existing book.’
    • ‘Run a scan of your disks once a month and be sure to continually update your virus definitions.’
    • ‘An alternative list of recently updated British blogs can be found here.’
    • ‘It was announced towards the end of last month that refurbishment aimed at updating the clock had been completed.’
    • ‘We want to revise and update the council tax with more bands for the more expensive houses.’
    • ‘John has updated it for a modern audience in terms of references to music and GCSEs.’
    • ‘This volume was continually updated and became ever thicker as the years went by.’
    • ‘Today's model was updated last year with an improved specification list and three new body colours.’
    • ‘The web is a very visual medium and one that will allow us to continually update information.’
    • ‘Individual subscribers can update their business entries using a secure password.’
    • ‘It also announced the intention to modernise the management of common land by updating existing legislation.’
    • ‘Would-be buyers will have to be prepared to modernise certain rooms and update the decor.’
    • ‘We should create new gods, new cosmologies, rather then just update old beliefs for modern times.’
    • ‘No one on my reading lists is updating their sites anymore, so that doesn't give me anything to do during the day.’
    • ‘The producers then use their skills to modernise or update the products.’
    • ‘The money will be spent on updating equipment for the school and other necessary improvements.’
    • ‘I am surprised not to see any updated news on the site for the last few weeks.’
    • ‘The decor, although of good quality, is a little dated and the new owners are likely to update it.’
    • ‘If they are dated, you should update them and then scan your system for viruses.’
    • ‘But within about two months, that list was obsolete and nobody bothered updating it.’
    modernize, bring up to date, bring into the twenty-first century, renovate, refurbish, recondition, overhaul, re-equip, improve, better, upgrade, streamline, rationalize, reform, revise, correct, amend
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    1. 1.1Give (someone) the latest information about something.
      ‘the reporter promised to keep the viewers updated’
      • ‘She was debate team president, and always updating us on the coming events in the group.’
      • ‘The purpose was to update the group on whatever developments had taken place to date.’
      • ‘Others have updated me on some rather surprising goings on right here in the workplace.’
      • ‘I can't remember exactly when I updated you last, but here is what is going on.’
      • ‘We'll update you on the rest of the travel news as we get it.’
      • ‘BA will be pressed by investors to update the market on measures it has taken to cope with the rising fuel prices.’
      • ‘Elizabeth Cohen updates us on a young Louisiana boy and how he touched the hearts of people thousands of miles away.’
      • ‘Mr Dinsdale was asked by Dr Dean to update him on the circumstances that led to the girl's disappearance.’
      • ‘I was updating her about the current situation when I got yet another call.’
      • ‘We have no further details at the moment but are doing all we can to find out exactly what happened and we'll update you as soon as we can.’
      • ‘I also wrote to our MP to update him on developments, but he too has not responded.’
      • ‘After updating him on all of her adventures she bid him good nite and promised to keep in touch no matter what.’
      • ‘Obviously, if there's anything to update you on, we would, of course, do that.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Halifax will be updating us on November house prices.’
      • ‘However, we will try out level best to resolve your matter at the earliest and we will update you with an outcome with 48 hours.’
      • ‘We want to update you on a breaking story out of the Netherlands we told you about a little while ago.’
      • ‘Mel updated her on what they knew was happening, and gave her the forms to fill out.’
      • ‘Ed Rappaport at the National Hurricane Center is about to update us on what's going on.’
      • ‘I also wanted to update you and let you all know how well our new rescues are doing.’
      • ‘They went to Italy to renew contacts with a designer friend and to update her on the new arrangement.’
      brief, bring up to date, inform, fill in, advise, notify, apprise, report to, give details to, explain the situation to, give information to, give someone the latest information, refresh, explain the circumstances to, describe the state of affairs to
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  • An act of updating something or someone or an updated version of something.

    ‘an update on recently published crime figures’
    • ‘The version used is an update of the original model presented in 1996.’
    • ‘Neighbours look out for each others property and meet together every so often for any updates and police news that may be relevant to their area.’
    • ‘She has recently sent me an update and has given her consent for publication.’
    • ‘Also available are weather reports, pizza delivery, traffic cameras, maps and news updates.’
    • ‘The council reviews the working of the by-laws and market rules and updates or clarifies them if necessary.’
    • ‘All the Windles can now do is play an awful waiting game, watching the news and constantly searching the Internet for any updates.’
    • ‘Anything from the intelligence updates you have been receiving about the Pearl investigation?’
    • ‘The news update related to the sector will be included in the journal to be published in June and December.’
    • ‘Hear live up-to-the-minute updates, scores, news and notes from the biggest games.’
    • ‘The following is an update of the news of the proposed Swimming Pool for Ballaghaderreen.’
    • ‘It feels like it's trying to be something like the opening pages of Time Out, with a mix of news and updates about local cultural events.’
    • ‘We exchange news, get updates about the grandchildren, laugh at family jokes and continue to strengthen the bonds between us.’
    • ‘Watch for more news and updates on these exciting developments during the coming months.’
    • ‘Regular updates on movies screened at the theatres and film news will be e-mailed to the web site's of registered users.’
    • ‘All day, the lead story on the news updates was on the Kerry counterattack.’
    • ‘He will also provide updates on news from the track's stable area during the racing season.’
    • ‘The students seemed shocked and people were constantly watching the news in the canteen for updates.’
    • ‘The mayor is going to have a news conference later today to give us an update on the plan to rebuild the city.’
    • ‘I was getting an update on a trip some close family friends recently returned from.’
    • ‘Once you are a registered user, you receive news of updates and upgrades.’