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English - English (Wordnet) dictionary (also found in English - Vietnamese, Computing (FOLDOC))
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  • 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
  • hardware that provides better performance than an earlier version did
  • the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises
  • a reservation that is improved
    • I got an upgrade to first class when coach class was full
  • software that provides better performance than an earlier version did
  • an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
    • the car couldn't make it up the rise
  • give better travel conditions to
    • The airline upgraded me when I arrived late and Coach Class was full
  • get better travel conditions
    • I upgraded to First Class when Coach Class was overbooked
  • 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
  • to improve what was old or outdated
    • I've upgraded my computer so I can run better software
    • The company upgraded their personnel
  • rate higher; raise in value or esteem
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