Definition of upgrade in English:



  • 1 Raise (something) to a higher standard, in particular improve (equipment or machinery) by adding or replacing components.

    ‘upgraded computers’
    • ‘It is aimed at raising much-needed funds to upgrade the zoo's facilities and to improve the welfare of all its animals.’
    • ‘For better growing conditions, soil can be improved by adding upgraded black peat.’
    • ‘The process of improving and upgrading your home is not fun at all.’
    • ‘Since then proprietors have upgraded their safety standards, Tipton said.’
    • ‘The programme aimed to upgrade living conditions and improve economic development in the township.’
    • ‘The clinic's objective is to upgrade the facility and improve the building.’
    • ‘Prior to the visit major upgrading work was carried out on the local park and approach roads to Dunmore East.’
    • ‘The Council appears to be powerless to do anything to improve or upgrade them, said Mr Stanley.’
    • ‘It is hoped that safety at the existing pelican crossing can be improved as facilities are upgraded.’
    • ‘They suspect staff of advising customers to make false claims to replace and upgrade old phones.’
    • ‘Mr Murto said that the rehabilitation was undertaken to improve and upgrade electricity distribution in the city.’
    • ‘All we're asking for is one-time help to upgrade our barns and equipment and increase the size of our herds.’
    • ‘Now committed players at the club have been asked to raise funds to replace and upgrade the facilities and the squad is to help build the uninsured structures.’
    • ‘Make sure you can upgrade your computer's memory as and when required.’
    • ‘Another task is to upgrade Internet, computer and telephone equipment.’
    • ‘The company will install reception facilities and container stacking equipment and upgrade the computer system.’
    • ‘The club will now embark on a massive fund raising drive to upgrade the club to modern day standards.’
    • ‘We understand many companies are focusing on upgrading systems rather than replacing them.’
    • ‘The renovations also provided the opportunity to upgrade the fire detection system.’
    • ‘All proceeds from the night will go towards the cost of upgrading the equipment in the playground.’
    improve, better, make better, ameliorate, reform, enhance, add to, customize, touch up
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    1. 1.1Raise (an employee) to a higher grade or rank.
      ‘he will be upgraded from an Undersecretary to a seat at the cabinet table’
      • ‘Sgt Vernon attended the open series and was upgraded to Level Six international level referee.’
      • ‘She has been upgraded to the advanced level which she is, naturally, absolutely thrilled about.’
      promote, give a higher rank to, place in a higher rank, give promotion to, give a higher position to, elevate, advance, move up, raise, lift, boost, improve the position of, improve the status of, aggrandize, exalt
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  • 1An act of upgrading something.

    ‘a room upgrade from a twin to a duplex suite’
    • ‘A manager will often offer an upgrade, such as a room with a view, to keep guests happy.’
    • ‘But as Samuel spoke of upgrades, he stopped short of plans for room expansion.’
    • ‘While certain rooms could do with a decorative upgrade, this is a very impressive property in a convenient location.’
    • ‘The Jaywick Action Group, set up last year to call for upgrades to roads, lighting and infrastructure as well as a crack down on crime, has also taken a series of photographs highlighting the main issues they face.’
    • ‘A key feature of the upgrade is the restoration of the original twin ponds.’
    • ‘Silver, Gold and Premier Card holders receive all these benefits plus discounted room rates, upgrades and late check-out.’
    • ‘Most hotels are offering added value to customers in the form of complimentary room upgrades, treatments, facilities and services.’
    • ‘Although there is no specific date for the speed upgrade, the technology will be fully in place this fall.’
    • ‘If the Executive is determined to spend extra money on roads, it should be spent on essential upgrades and good quality long-term maintenance work and not on more damaging and unsustainable new roads.’
    • ‘Hotels might be willing to give you breakfast, a round of golf or a room upgrade.’
    • ‘The upgrades include work to waiting rooms, toilets and shelters as well as CCTV at some stations including Ingatestone.’
    • ‘The offer entitles readers to a complimentary upgrade of room, from a standard double to a Hallmark / Delux room.’
    • ‘On one or two occasions Qantas ground staff have gone out of their way to rearrange my travel when bad weather messed up flight schedules in Europe, giving me some much appreciated free upgrades in the process.’
    • ‘Well, I thought you might have got a room upgrade.’
    • ‘The rate was $120 a night, and we got a free upgrade to a larger room for booking over the Internet.’
    • ‘He could pay his crew's salary for five years with the rest and still have room for system upgrades.’
    • ‘A series of upgrades at the hotel have included a new sauna and steam room, new carpet in the gym and new furniture in the pub and Salingers restaurant.’
    • ‘They have already built up an ever-growing database of fans - including details of more than 2,000 young supporters - who will no doubt benefit from these upgrades.’
    • ‘I will move out a week later and Bryn will get the best upgrade possible, from the smallest room to the second-biggest but most sunny room.’
    • ‘The fact the Durham University site already had its own changing rooms helped to keep the cost of the upgrade down.’
    1. 1.1An improved or more modern version of something, especially a piece of computing equipment.
      ‘check that the upgrade is installed and performing correctly’
      • ‘To fix the bugs, Cisco is offering free software upgrades for various versions of its operating system, all of which are affected by the problem.’
      • ‘People change jobs as often as Microsoft launches a software upgrade.’