• WordNet 3.6
    • v upgrade to improve what was old or outdated "I've upgraded my computer so I can run better software","The company upgraded their personnel"
    • v upgrade give better travel conditions to "The airline upgraded me when I arrived late and Coach Class was full"
    • v upgrade get better travel conditions "I upgraded to First Class when Coach Class was overbooked"
    • v upgrade rate higher; raise in value or esteem
    • v upgrade give a promotion to or assign to a higher position "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired","Women tend not to advance in the major law firms","I got promoted after many years of hard work"
    • n upgrade 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"
    • n upgrade hardware that provides better performance than an earlier version did
    • n upgrade the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises
    • n upgrade a reservation that is improved "I got an upgrade to first class when coach class was full"
    • n upgrade software that provides better performance than an earlier version did
    • n upgrade an upward slope or grade (as in a road) "the car couldn't make it up the rise"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • upgrade In stock-raising, to raise the grade of by the introduction of a higher strain of blood: as, to upgrade a herd.
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In literature:

He was right, and soon the long line of freight cars hove into sight around a bend and on an upgrade.
"Joe The Hotel Boy" by Horatio Alger Jr.
There's an upgrade here.
"The Sleuth of St. James's Square" by Melville Davisson Post
That valley led into another with an upgrade, rocky and treacherous.
"The U.P. Trail" by Zane Grey
And it was mostly upgrade!
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
I ought to have held them up on the upgrade.
"Bunch Grass" by Horace Annesley Vachell
I think, however, I am now on the upgrade once more.
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
I started on the upgrade the moment you fellows found me.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Stocks opened the year very strong; the markets are upon an upgrade.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
Snake lagged a little on the upgrades, but he was well trained to lead and gave little trouble.
"The Quirt" by B.M. Bower
He was young, on an upgrade, able to command success.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht

In news:

Why 2013 is the year to invest in equipment upgrades, increase vend prices, and market your business.
As we move into 2013, there are three areas that store owners should be ready to consider: equipment upgrades, marketing, and vend price increases.
Colie & Associates Selected for Upgrades.
MU's planned upgrades come into focus.
Community effort to upgrade Ray Stadium commendable .
Middletown Council Approves Spending $1.45 Million On Parking Upgrades.
NORWICH – Weiler Park could see an upgrade in the coming months.
Voters have approved a record-breaking, $482 million bond measure to rebuild and upgrade facilities in the Portland (Ore.) school district.
UConn Compiling Plans For Sports Complex Upgrades.
How To Upgrade Your Computer Memory .
Upgrading Contact Center Software, Other Technology a Complex but Necessary Goal.
The Columbus neighborhood is in the midst of the water line upgrade, leaving the leaky line the next best thing for now.
If you're looking around at a room full to switches, it could be time for a lighting upgrade.
Upgraded Cooling System Halves Energy Costs.
The North Idaho Correctional Institution is getting an upgrade.

In science:

The combination of upgrades is expected to increase the detection efficiency for multiple-site imaging events in the 1-3 MeV band to the 3.5% level, as originally simulated for the LXeTPC.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
This is a just short list of some improvements that would require more extensive studies and development and are more suitable for a new detector module rather than an upgrade of the current LXeGRIT.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
Early theoretical discussions were limited to vector dominance models and its offforward upgraded versions, see .
Production of spin-3 mesons in diffractive DIS
Micron on 6 inch wafers that include strip and pixel detectors suitable for LHCb, ATLAS, and CMS upgrades.
Silicon Sensors implemented on p-type substrates for high radiation resistance applications
These results can be derived using complexity upgrading techniques as presented in (Eiter, Gottlob, and Mannila 1997; Gottlob et al. 1999).
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System