Of, intended for, or relating to high-income consumers: an upscale neighborhood; upscale fashions.
v. (also ŭp-skāl) up·scaled, up·scal·ing, up·scales
1. To raise to a higher level; upgrade.
2. To increase the resolution of (a video signal).
3. To redesign or market for higher-income consumers: "the upscaling of TV dinners [to] savory, low-calorie entrées" (Bernice Kanner).
1. To make a change in favor of something larger or more expensive: "She upscaled to a three-bedroom out on Boulder Highway" (David Corbett).
2. To become more prosperous: "The neighborhood is changing, upscaling but in an ungainly way" (Carol Anshaw).
3. To increase the resolution of a video signal.
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