Definition of upscale in US English:



North American
  • Relatively expensive and designed to appeal to affluent consumers.

    ‘Hawaii's upscale boutique hotels’
    • ‘New Hampshire is among the most upscale Democratic electorates you'll find anywhere in the country.’
    • ‘My daughter is a junior at Walt Whitman High School, an upscale public school in Bethesda, Maryland.’
    • ‘The stores are a little more upscale and everything is cleaner and nicer as older buildings have been renovated.’
    • ‘Down the road, soldiers were ramming open the gates of an upscale house.’
    • ‘If you crave more upscale European-style fare, then try the Minori café on Kaminoge Street.’
    • ‘That was Sully for you; living in an upscale suburban area, dressing like a homeless kid.’
    • ‘She relocated to take a job as a director of spa services for an upscale dental clinic.’
    • ‘The company primarily focuses on private owners with upscale public facilities.’
    • ‘Eventually they wandered into a fancy, upscale neighborhood not too far from Shelley's house.’
    • ‘At Susan Simonelli's upscale New York City salon, she offers crystal therapy.’
    • ‘Intrigued by the postmark from an upscale Paris district, the composer opened the letter as he walked home.’
    • ‘Pete Rose and other baseball luminaries have been seen at Donatello, an upscale Italian restaurant.’
    • ‘Prices for these upscale public courses range from the eminently affordable to bordering on the budget buster.’
    • ‘It was a very classy, very upscale house.’
    • ‘The rented yacht was docked at Fisher Island, an upscale residential community.’
    • ‘A few minutes later they were pulling into the parking lot of a somewhat upscale, posh restaurant.’
    • ‘The robbery took place at Aker Brygge, an upscale shopping centre and apartment complex on the Oslo waterfront.’
    • ‘A security guard accused of torching several homes at an upscale development is due in federal court in about an hour.’
    • ‘It can pay to meet current needs - for petroleum imports, food, or upscale foreign automobiles.’
    • ‘The original guesthouse still exists, now an upscale restaurant and inn.’
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North American
  • Towards the more expensive or affluent sector of the market.

    ‘once known as the low-cost cousin of beef, fish has moved upscale’
    • ‘Few residents expected Third Avenue to start going upscale so quickly, and some are already fearful that Park Slope and Carroll Gardens will merge to form one big brownstone Brooklyn neighborhood.’
    • ‘Go upscale!’
    • ‘Since 2009, the brand has been moving upscale, though this is balanced by more accessible seasonal sales and a handful of outlet stores.’
    • ‘Home builders have almost abandoned building homes for first-time buyers and moved upscale to attract all-cash buyers.’
    • ‘What syndicated studies there are tend to skew upscale and can't be generalized to the total population.’
    • ‘When I feel like going a bit upscale this is where I land.’
    • ‘Volkswagen is trying to move upscale too, with only slightly better luck.’


[with object]North American
  • 1Increase the size or improve the quality of.

    ‘he needs to extra funds to upscale the business’
    ‘we wanted to upscale the decor’
    • ‘The picture upscales very well, with crisp black outlines, and no print damage or grain.’
    • ‘The insurance company upscaled the amount it estimated the earthquake would cost.’
    • ‘The game looks great just upscaled for the iPad.’
    • ‘I'm sure they can upscale the image to 4k and beyond easily enough.’
    • ‘It will later be upscaled to the entire state.’
    • ‘The graphic chip also "upscales" the video to the resolution of your monitor.’
    • ‘Colors are accurate, but detail is weak; the image looks like an upscaled DVD.’
    • ‘For those with a huge library of DVDs, you will not be disappointed with the set's sharp and clean upscaled video.’
    • ‘Depending on how well your TV upscales standard-definition video, the image may look better that way.’
    • ‘An image that is 800x600 is upscaled by, for example, 4 times, to make an image that is 1600x1200 inside the graphics processor.’
  • 2Convert (an image or video) so that it displays correctly in a higher resolution format.

    ‘your HDTV will automatically upscale the content you watch’