Meaning of upscale

up•scale

Pronunciation: (adj.up'skāl'v.up&sylpskāl'n.up'skāl&sec), [key]
— adj., v., n. -scaled, -scal•ing,
—adj.
  1. located at, moving toward, or of or for the upper end of a social or economic scale: The boutique caters to upscale young career people.
  2. luxurious, costly, or elegant.
—v.t.
  1. to improve the quality, value, or rating of: a five-year plan to upscale the neighborhood.
—n.
  1. elegant, elite, privileged persons collectively (usually prec. by the): shops that only the upscale can afford to patronize.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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