upgrade Definition

  • 1raise (something) to a higher standard, in particular improve (equipment or machinery) by adding or replacing components
  • 2an act of improving the quality, standard, or performance of something

Using upgrade: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "upgrade" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to upgrade my computer's memory.

  • Example

    The company is planning to upgrade its software.

  • Example

    The hotel upgraded our room to a suite.

  • Example

    The airline offers upgrades to first class for an additional fee.

upgrade Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with upgrade

  • to replace something old or outdated with something newer or better


    I upgraded from my old phone to the latest model.

  • to move to a higher level or status


    He upgraded to a management position after several years of hard work.

  • a series of steps or stages that lead to a higher level or better version of something


    The company offers an upgrade path for customers who want to switch to a more advanced product.


Summary: upgrade in Brief

To 'upgrade' [ˈʌpɡreɪd] means to improve or enhance something, often by adding or replacing components. It can refer to equipment, software, or even a hotel room. Examples include 'I need to upgrade my computer's memory' and 'The hotel upgraded our room to a suite.' 'Upgrade' can also be used in phrases like 'upgrade from' and 'upgrade to,' as well as in the informal sense of 'level up' or 'soup up.'

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