upgrade

To upgrade is to make improvements to something or exchange it for a better version. Some people upgrade their phone every time a new model comes out, while others prudently wait to see which new features they really need.

Upgrade is also a noun: "I was lucky enough to get an upgrade to the first-class section of the plane!" Whether a noun or a verb, this word commonly used to refer to electronic equipment, particularly computers and smartphones. If a company upgrades the network in their offices, they purchase new computers or improve internet connection speeds. The original meaning of the noun upgrade was "sloping up," as in a steep hill.

Primary Meanings of upgrade

1.
vn
rate higher; raise in value or esteem
a reservation that is improved
2.
vn
to improve what was old or outdated
the act of improving something (especially machinery) by raising it to a higher grade (as by adding or replacing components)
3.
n
the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises
Full Definitions of upgrade
1

v rate higher; raise in value or esteem

Antonyms:
downgrade
rate lower; lower in value or esteem
Type of:
grade, order, place, range, rank, rate
assign a rank or rating to

v give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

Synonyms:
advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise
Antonyms:
break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate
assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
Types:
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tenure
give life-time employment to
bring up
promote from a lower position or rank
spot promote
promote on the spot
ennoble, entitle, gentle
give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
favor, favour, prefer
promote or prefer over another
brevet
promote somebody by brevet, in the military
baronetise, baronetize
confer baronetcy upon
lord
make a lord of someone
dub, knight
raise (someone) to knighthood
advantage
give an advantage to
Type of:
assign, delegate, depute, designate
give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

v get better travel conditions

“I upgraded to First Class when Coach Class was overbooked”
Type of:
ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate
get better

v give better travel conditions to

“The airline upgraded me when I arrived late and Coach Class was full”
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
make better

n a reservation that is improved

“I got an upgrade to first class when coach class was full”
Type of:
reservation
something reserved in advance (as a hotel accommodation or a seat on a plane etc.)
2

v to improve what was old or outdated

“I've upgraded my computer so I can run better software”
“The company upgraded their personnel”
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
make better

n the act of improving something (especially machinery) by raising it to a higher grade (as by adding or replacing components)

“the power plant received a new upgrade
Type of:
improvement
the act of improving something

n software that provides better performance than an earlier version did

Type of:
computer software, package, software, software package, software program, software system
(computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory

n hardware that provides better performance than an earlier version did

Type of:
computer hardware, hardware
(computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system
3

n the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises

Synonyms:
rise, rising slope
Type of:
grade
the gradient of a slope or road or other surface

n an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

Synonyms:
acclivity, ascent, climb, raise, rise
Antonyms:
declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall
a downward slope or bend
Types:
uphill
the upward slope of a hill
Type of:
incline, side, slope
an elevated geological formation

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