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


up- +‎ grade


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.




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.
  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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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.

External linksEdit

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




  • IPA(key): /ˈʏp.ɡrɛi̯t/
  • (file)



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



Borrowed from English upgrade.



upgrade m inan

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

Usage notesEdit

  • 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.


Related termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • upgrade in Polish dictionaries at PWN