upgrade

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

up- +‎ grade

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈʌp.ɡɹeɪd/
    • (file)
  • (verb) IPA(key): /əpˈɡɹeɪd/, /ˈʌp.ɡɹeɪd/
  • Rhymes: -eɪd

Noun[edit]

upgrade (plural upgrades)

  1. An upward grade or slope.
    • 1931, Journal of the Outdoor Life, volume 28, page 303:
      The Worthens sighed with relief as the engine began its night of upgrade chugging.
  2. An improved component or replacement item, usually applied to technology
    With my phone company, I get a free upgrade every twelve months if I keep topping up 10 pounds a month.
  3. An improvement
    The remarried couples among my friends often joked that their divorce and remarriage amounted to an upgrade.
    • 2022 January 12, “Network News: Portsmouth line upgrade set to begin”, in RAIL, number 948, page 12:
      "When we're finished in 2024, this upgrade programme will provide a much-improved railway between London Waterloo and Portsmouth," said NR's Wessex Route Director Mark Killick.

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Verb[edit]

upgrade (third-person singular simple present upgrades, present participle upgrading, simple past and past participle upgraded)

  1. (transitive) To improve, usually applied to technology, generally by complete replacement of one or more components
    When you upgrade your standard of living, you become addicted to that standard of living.
  2. (transitive) To replace with something better.
    I had to upgrade my anti-virus software to protect my computer from the newer threats.
  3. (transitive) To improve the equipment or furnishings of or services rendered to
    They upgraded him to the latest model.
    They were upgraded to first class.
    • 2014, Sid Davis, A Survival Guide for Buying a Home - Page 80:
      From the builder's standpoint, the name of the game is to upgrade you to the maximum you can qualify for.
    • 2019 October, “South Wales open access bid”, in Modern Railways, page 15:
      Calls at Cardiff Parkway are proposed once this station opens, with investment promised to upgrade station facilities at Severn Tunnel Junction.
    • 2022 December 14, “Network News: Fawley branch line reopening supported by 80% of locals”, in RAIL, number 972, page 20:
      Several level crossings would have to be upgraded, with the existing track re-laid to allow a line speed of 60mph.
  4. (intransitive) To improve in condition or status.
    She upgraded to a more successful husband.
  5. (intransitive, computing) To replace a program with a later version of itself, a version having a higher version number or marketed under a more recent product name. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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Adverb[edit]

upgrade (not comparable)

  1. Up a slope or grade.
    • 1955, Carl Sandburg, Prairie-town boy, page 173:
      Men fell out, worn-out, and there were sunstroke cases. It was an eight-mile march upgrade.
    • 2009, Craig Sanders, Canton Area Railroads, page 66:
      Northbound trains originating near the Ohio River faced a 26-mile climb upgrade to Flushing.
    • 2010, Elliott Merrick, True North: A Journey Into Unexplored Wilderness, page 167:
      From there it was an eight-mile pull upgrade to the mountain top.
    • 2013, Marty Metras, Walking the Walk, Camino de Santiago 2012, page 16:
      I did that and saw we had to go upgrade a long ways.
    • 2020 December 16, David Clough, “Class 37s at 60: the great survivors”, in Rail, page 55, photo caption:
      [...] 37905 hauls the 1,400-tonne 0730 Mossend-Margam upgrade from Shrewsbury, mainly at 1-in-100, through Church Stretton at around 25mph on May 13 1989.

Further reading[edit]

  • upgrade at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • upgrade in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911

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Verb[edit]

upgrade

  1. first-person singular present indicative of upgraden
  2. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of upgraden
  3. imperative of upgraden

Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English upgrade.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

upgrade m inan

  1. (dated, computer science) upgrade (modernisation of technology)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word became popular in the early 1990s, but by the early 2000s was fully replaced by aktualizacja in general use. It is still used colloquially in the gamer community and sometimes by IT professionals.

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Further reading[edit]

  • upgrade in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • upgrade in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English upgrade.

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /a.piˈɡɾej.d͡ʒi/ [a.piˈɡɾeɪ̯.d͡ʒi], /apˈɡɾejd͡ʒ/ [apˈɡɾeɪ̯d͡ʒ], /u.piˈɡɾej.d͡ʒi/ [u.piˈɡɾeɪ̯.d͡ʒi], /upˈɡɾejd͡ʒ/ [upˈɡɾeɪ̯d͡ʒ]
    • (Southern Brazil) IPA(key): /apˈɡɾejd͡ʒ/ [apˈɡɾeɪ̯d͡ʒ], /a.piˈɡɾej.d͡ʒi/ [a.piˈɡɾeɪ̯.d͡ʒi], /upˈɡɾejd͡ʒ/ [upˈɡɾeɪ̯d͡ʒ], /u.piˈɡɾej.d͡ʒi/ [u.piˈɡɾeɪ̯.d͡ʒi]
 
  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /aˈpɡɾɐjd/ [aˈpɣɾɐjð], /uˈpɡɾɐjd/ [uˈpɣɾɐjð]
    • (Central Portugal) IPA(key): /aˈpɡɾejd/ [aˈpɣɾejð], /uˈpɡɾejd/ [uˈpɣɾejð]
    • (Southern Portugal) IPA(key): /aˈpɡɾed/ [aˈpɣɾeð], /uˈpɡɾed/ [uˈpɣɾeð]

Noun[edit]

upgrade m (plural upgrades)

  1. (colloquial) an upgrade

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