[ US /ˈəpˈɡɹeɪd, əpˈɡɹeɪd/ ]
NOUN
  1. 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
  2. a reservation that is improved
    I got an upgrade to first class when coach class was full
  3. the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises
  4. an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
    the car couldn't make it up the rise
  5. software that provides better performance than an earlier version did
  6. hardware that provides better performance than an earlier version did
VERB
  1. get better travel conditions
    I upgraded to First Class when Coach Class was overbooked
  2. give better travel conditions to
    The airline upgraded me when I arrived late and Coach Class was full
  3. rate higher; raise in value or esteem
  4. to improve what was old or outdated
    The company upgraded their personnel
    I've upgraded my computer so I can run better software
  5. give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
    Women tend not to advance in the major law firms
    I got promoted after many years of hard work
    John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired
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How To Use upgrade In A Sentence

  • After putting its energy into the 2008 acquisition of Northwest Airlines, the Atlanta-based carrier plans to spend more than $2 billion through 2013 to lure travelers with new flat-bed seats, video on demand and upgraded facilities in hotly contested markets such as New York. Delta Refocuses
  • Anyone with a crappy car can get a free handout from the rich taxpayers to upgrade their ride. $2 billion cash for clunkers deal imminent
  • Concentrate on one airline: Very frequent flyers get more free upgrades, often pay less to buy upgrades, and get preferred treatment on standby upgrade lists.
  • You can upgrade your already present cannon or purchase new weapon types including plasma bolts, lasers, flame-throwers and grenades.
  • Normal supplements apply for upgrades and single occupancy. Times, Sunday Times
  • The station will see an upgrade, with more parking spaces, escalators, more lifts, a new travel centre and new lounges.
  • The cameras have been upgraded, with a revamped flash and faster focus. The Sun
  • This year has heralded the completion of a four year project to upgrade a hypobaric chamber to meet Australian Standards.
  • Upgrade your ability to edit images with this free paint program.
  • Newspapers papers of Bangladesh were running through hand composed printing press technology then upgraded by lino and photocompose technology and offset printing press. ICT and Media in Bangladesh
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