Meaning of “update” in the English Dictionary

"update" in British English

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updateverb [ T ]

uk /ʌpˈdeɪt/ us /ʌpˈdeɪt/

B2 to make something more modern or suitable for use now by adding new information or changing its design:

an updated version of the software

B1 to give someone the most recent information:

We'll update you on this news story throughout the day.

More examples

  • They've updated a lot of the entries in the most recent edition of the encyclopaedia.
  • Their website is updated daily.
  • Can you update me on progress so far?
  • Do you have an updated version of the system?
  • She spent several hours updating the mailing list.

updatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʌp.deɪt/ us /ˈʌp.deɪt/

B2 an act of updating something or someone with new information:

Jo's just doing an update on the mailing list.
I'll need regular updates on your progress.

B2 a new form of something that existed at an earlier time:

It's an update of an old 60s movie.

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  • Can you give me an update on progress so far?
  • Later in this bulletin we will be going over to our Westminster studio for an update on the situation.
  • It's an update of a previous version of the software.
  • Do you know whether it's possible to buy updates?
  • a news update

(Definition of “update” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"update" in American English

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updateverb [ T ]

us /ˌʌpˈdeɪt/

to make something more accurate and suitable for use now by showing new facts or conditions:

The school’s budget is updated annually.
When you move, don’t forget to update your mailing address.

To update is also to make something more modern:

The old procedures need to be updated and streamlined.

updatenoun [ C ]

us /ˈʌpˌdeɪt/

new or more accurate information based on new facts or conditions:

You can get hourly news updates on the Internet.

(Definition of “update” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"update" in Business English

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updateverb [ T ]

uk /ʌpˈdeɪt/ us

to make something more modern or suitable for use now by adding new information or changing its design:

They haven't updated the software in three years.
We've recently updated the decor in all of our restaurants.
Scientific textbooks must be updated regularly.

to give someone the most recent information:

update sb on sth Can you update me on progress so far?

updatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʌpdeɪt/ us

a statement giving the most recent information about a subject or situation:

an update on sth I'll need regular updates on your progress.
Passengers watch airport television screens waiting for news updates.

IT a more recent, and usually improved, form of something, especially something that is regularly changed:

Each software update has a version number.
an update of sth The latest version is a much improved update of the original program.

(Definition of “update” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)