Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, intended for, or relating to high-income consumers.
  • intransitive verb To raise to a higher level; upgrade.
  • intransitive verb To increase the resolution of (a video signal).
  • intransitive verb To redesign or market for higher-income consumers.
  • intransitive verb To increase the resolution of a video signal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective relating to, or characteristic of, affluent people or people in the upper social classes.
  • adjective expensive or of high quality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Marked by wealth or quality; high-class.
  • verb To increase in size, to scale up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective appropriate for people with good incomes

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

up + scale, 1966

Examples

  • Renault will also start selling in India early next year the Pulse, which it describes as an upscale compact car, and also plans to launch locally-made versions of its Dacia Duster sports utility vehicle and a sedan in 2012.

    Renault, Nissan Studying New Small Car to be Made in India

  • I am not one to habitually eat in upscale restaurants, nor expensive meals, on the contrary, my self proclaimed nutritionist, my wife, has taught me well to eat most of my meals in light portions and cut the grease.

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  • I am not one to habitually eat in upscale restaurants, nor expensive meals, on the contrary, my self proclaimed nutritionist, my wife, has taught me well to eat most of my meals in light portions and cut the grease.

    Page 2

  • I am not one to habitually eat in upscale restaurants, nor expensive meals, on the contrary, my self proclaimed nutritionist, my wife, has taught me well to eat most of my meals in light portions and cut the grease.

    Page 2

  • I am not one to habitually eat in upscale restaurants, nor expensive meals, on the contrary, my self proclaimed nutritionist, my wife, has taught me well to eat most of my meals in light portions and cut the grease.

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  • Many residents of the business district live in upscale condos and are less likely to apply.

    Census jobs unfilled in some places

  • Some of the features that average home buyers want today used to be considered optional and were standard only in upscale luxury homes.

    Home Building Trends, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • If the GOP hopes to become a majority party, it needs to get serious about winning back its once-natural allies in upscale America -- and that means taking steps toward the center.

    David Callahan: The GOP's Problem with Affluent Voters

  • Fake flowers are blooming where they've never been before -- in upscale gardens, window boxes and containers.

    Suzy Bales: Fake Flowers: Ever Green and Always Growing

  • If the GOP hopes to become a majority party, it needs to get serious about winning back its once-natural allies in upscale America -- and that means taking steps toward the center.

    David Callahan: The GOP's Problem with Affluent Voters

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