What is upgrade?

  • (noun): Software that provides better performance than an earlier version did.
    See also — Additional definitions below


The term upgrade refers to the replacement of a product with a newer version of the same product. It is most often used in computing and consumer electronics, generally meaning a replacement of hardware, software or firmware with a newer or better version, in order to bring the system up to date or to improve its characteristics. Contrast update and replace. See also laptop upgrade.

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Some articles on upgrade:

Leadwerks Engine - History
... As of this upgrade, the price was raised from $150 to the current license cost of $200 ($199.95) ... Existing users could upgrade for the difference ($50), however towards the end of 2010 and in January 2011 all existing users who hadn't bought the ...
Solaris Live Upgrade
... Solaris Live Upgrade is a tool created in 2001 by Sun Microsystems, and introduced in Solaris 8 10/01, that allows computers running the Solaris OS to be patched or upgraded online ... Prior to Live Upgrade, upgrading a Solaris system required either reinstalling the system with the new operating system version, or rebooting from the distribution media and performing ... Live Upgrade was originally developed by NCR Corporation under the name VM F (Version Migration Fallback) ...
Upgrade - Audiophile
... Audiophile circles use the noun "upgrade" to describe the replacement of a system component or components, for example a low quality or low powered electronic amplifier, with a better quality or more ... The word "upgrade" has spawned the noun upgraditis, used to describe a person's obsession, compulsion, or addiction (akin to a disease) to perpetually changing ...
Mount Gambier Airport - Upgrade
... The upgrade, part of a 15 year redevelopment plan, will strengthen the main runway, aprons and taxiways, to enable larger aircraft to operate to the airport and help increase to ...
Semi-Conductor Laboratory - Fab Upgrade
... The Department of Space (DoS) planned to upgrade SCL to produce chips of 0.25 micrometer size from the current 0.8 micrometres ... to handle a nearly Rs 5,000,000,000 contract to upgrade Semi-Conductor Laboratory ... DoS planned to upgrade the fab on its own after IBM backed out of the deal ...

More definitions of "upgrade":

  • (verb): Give better travel conditions to.
    Example: "The airline upgraded me when I arrived late and Coach Class was full"
  • (verb): Rate higher; raise in value or esteem.
  • (noun): Hardware that provides better performance than an earlier version did.
  • (noun): A reservation that is upgraded.
    Example: "I got an upgrade to first class when coach class was full"
  • (noun): The property possessed by a slope or surface that rises.
    Synonyms: rise, rising slope
  • (verb): To improve, especially something that was old or outdated.
    Example: "I've upgraded my computer so I can run better software"; "The company upgraded their personnel"
  • (verb): Get better travel conditions.
    Example: "I upgraded to First Class when Coach Class was overbooked"
  • (noun): The act of improving something (especially machinery) by raising it to a higher grade (as by adding or replacing components).
    Example: "The power plant received a new upgrade"