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"Upgrade" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "mejorar", and "step up" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "aumentar". Learn more about the difference between "upgrade" and "step up" below.
upgrade(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to improve)
a. mejorar
Our fire department needs to purchase equipment and upgrade its facilities.Nuestro departamento de bomberos necesita adquirir equipo y mejorar sus instalaciones.
b. modernizar
It is urgent to upgrade the country's aging infrastructure.Es urgente modernizar la infraestructura obsoleta del país.
c. subir de categoría
My credit card was upgraded from gold to platinum.Mi tarjeta de crédito fue subida de la categoría oro a la platino.
2. (computing)
a. actualizar
To upgrade the program you must download the latest installer.Para actualizar el programa, tienes que descargar el último instalador.
3. (to promote)
a. ascender
My colleague was upgraded to a decision-making position at work.Mi colega fue ascendido a un puesto directivo en su trabajo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (computing)
a. actualizar
My computer is too slow. I think it's time to upgrade!Mi computadora es muy lenta. ¡Creo que es hora de actualizar!
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (computing)
a. la actualización
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The software upgrades will be automatically installed on your computer.Las actualizaciones del software serán instaladas automáticamente en su computadora.
6. (improvement)
a. la mejora
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We are planning on making some upgrades to increase the value of our house.Estamos planeando hacerle unas mejoras a nuestra casa para aumentar su valor.
7. (promotion)
a. el ascenso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Your position upgrade is a reward for your exceptional performance.Tu ascenso es en recompensa por tu desempeño excepcional.
8. (slope)
a. la cuesta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
That road has a very steep upgrade.Ese camino tiene una cuesta muy empinada.
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step up(
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to increase)
a. aumentar
The manufacturing company has stepped up its production by three percent in the past year.La compañía industrial ha aumentado su producción por un tres por ciento en el último año.
b. intensificar
The government has stepped up its campaign against drunk driving.El gobierno ha intensificado su campaña contra la conducción en estado de embriaguez.
c. redoblar
The city police has stepped up its enforcement of the noise restrictions in the downtown area.La policía municipal ha redoblado la aplicación de las normativas de ruido en la zona del centro.
2. (to improve; used with "it")
a. ponerse las pilas
You've turned your last three assignments in late; if you don't step it up, you're going to fail the class.Has entregado las últimas tres tareas tarde; como no te pones las pilas, vas a reprobar la clase.
b. espabilarse
The novelist knew she needed to step it up if she was going to finish the book in time.La novelista sabía que tenía que espabilarse si era que iba a terminar el libro a tiempo.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
3. (to confront something directly)
a. dar la cara
It's high time you step up and take responsibility for your actions.Ya es hora de que des la cara y que asumas la responsabilidad de tus acciones.
4. (to approach; used with "to")
a. acercarse a
Diana stepped up to the box office and said "two tickets for the matinee, please."Diana se acercó a la taquilla y dijo, "dos boletos para la función de tarde, por favor".
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (improvement)
a. el paso adelante
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
After the studio apartment that my wife and I were living in, the penthouse was quite a step up.Tras el estudio donde vivíamos mi esposa y yo, el penthouse fue un gran paso adelante.
b. el ascenso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(career)
Getting hired at the big law firm was a step up for Susan's career.Ser contratada por el gran bufete de abogados fue un ascenso para la carrera de Susan.
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