Definition of uprate in English:



  • 1Increase the value of (a payment or benefit)

    ‘income support will be uprated’
    • ‘It has been leaked that the Prime Minister wrote to a politician telling him not to assume the Government's pension credit guarantee would continue to be uprated in line with average earnings after 2008.’
    • ‘By tax year 2008 / 2009, it estimates the Treasury could save itself £1.2bn by not uprating elements of the credits.’
    • ‘All these groups would benefit substantially from a major uprating of the basic state pension since they are generally outwith means-tested benefits in retirement.’
    • ‘But because the Government has only uprated tax bands in line with inflation, rather than average earnings, which tend to rise faster, the number of people paying higher rate tax has risen from 2 million ten years ago, to 3.4 million today.’
    • ‘Regular uprates are important to maintain the real value of a minimum wage.’
    • ‘Child benefit was uprated in line with inflation too.’
    • ‘If it had been uprated in line with house price inflation, only those buying houses worth around £143,000 or more would pay stamp duty.’
    • ‘The more likely ‘reform’ is that the government will simply uprate the bands to take account of house price changes.’
    • ‘‘I do not have any regrets,’ says Mr Balls before adding that in a couple of areas - pegging basic pension uprating to actual inflation or the inflation target - he wishes the changes had been made earlier.’
    • ‘It appears, then, that the government has uprated pensions only where it has been forced to do so.’
    • ‘The spending increases announced by the Treasury amount to £61 bn once the £32 bn annual uprating on pensions and other benefits has been taken into account.’
    • ‘The problem with job evaluation is that without extra funding, work that has historically been undervalued (typically performed by low paid women) will not be uprated enough.’
    • ‘He concluded, ‘the remedy of the expatriate United Kingdom pensioners who do not receive uprated pensions is political not judicial.’’
    • ‘The moment a Conservative government is in office we will send out a clear instruction that the pension should be uprated [raised] by earnings, not prices.’
    • ‘But he ruled the Government was entitled in law to decide not to spend the £300m-plus a year extra it would take to uprate the pensions of all expatriates scattered around the globe.’
    • ‘But in the remaining six cases, the charges had to be uprated.’
    • ‘Kamasho said: ‘We do not recommend that our indexes are used to uprate sums assured for more than perhaps three or five years.’’
    • ‘In all the circumstances I have determined that it is appropriate to make you a final offer uprating this bursary.’
    • ‘This is effectively the same as carrying two or three extra passengers around all the time and means ancillary components such as brakes, steering and suspension have more work to do and sometimes have to be uprated.’
    • ‘In the early 1970s workers in London fought for, and won, a commitment that not only was extra money needed to cover the cost of living in London, but that the amount paid would be uprated annually.’
  • 2Improve the performance of; upgrade.

    ‘the gas plants are to be expanded and uprated’
    • ‘It was in 1997 that this plant received a $470-million investment - its largest ever - when it was uprated to produce the new Astra.’
    • ‘Jon intends to uprate the suspension over the winter.’
    • ‘Bearing in mind that this is a heavier car than the other Focus models, Ford has uprated the brakes.’
    • ‘A stiffer suspension, uprated big brakes and a six-speed gearbox guarantee an exhilarating driving experience.’
    • ‘Now, following the success of the initial model, the engine has been uprated to match the top-of-the-range engine, providing even more power for your money.’
    • ‘The springs and dampers have also been uprated for the same reasons.’
    • ‘The Sports Dynamic Pack gives you re-worked, uprated suspension, brakes, steering, wheels and seats.’
    • ‘Safety measures include improved passenger restraint systems with eight airbags, uprated road holding and braking, including a speedier operating electronic stability control and special under steer control.’
    • ‘Rarely does an uprated engine or performance-tuned suspension figure in this sort of equation, but a combination of clever marketing and price adjustments keeps these impostors ever-popular.’
    • ‘Detailed changes to the front and rear suspension have given the car greater poise through corners, while uprated brakes achieve a 13% improvement in stopping distances.’