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"update" in British English

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updateverb [T]

uk   us   /ʌpˈdeɪt/
B2 to make something more ​modern or ​suitable for use now by ​adding new ​information or ​changingitsdesign: an updated ​version of the ​softwareB1 to give someone the most ​recentinformation: We'll update you on this ​newsstorythroughout the ​day.
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updatenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈʌp.deɪt/
B2 an ​act of updating something or someone with new ​information: Jo's just doing an update on the ​mailinglist. I'll need ​regular updates onyourprogress.B2 a new ​form of something that ​existed at an ​earliertime: It's an update of an ​old 60s ​movie.
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(Definition of update from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​yourmailingaddress. To update is also to make something more ​modern: The ​oldprocedures need to be updated and ​streamlined.

updatenoun [C]

 us   /ˈʌpˌdeɪt/
new or more ​accurateinformationbased on new ​facts or ​conditions: You can get ​hourlynews 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   us   /ʌpˈdeɪt/
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   us   /ˈʌpdeɪt/
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 ​airporttelevisionscreens waiting for ​news updates.
IT a more recent, and usually ​improved, ​form of something, especially something that is ​regularlychanged: Each ​software update has a ​versionnumber.an update of sth The latest ​version is a much ​improved update of the ​originalprogram.
(Definition of update from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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