Upgrade is a good word to summarize the Industrial Revolution. According to "The Free Dictionary" upgrade means "To raise to a higher grade or standard." Which means to make the object or item better than it already is. The industrial revolution upgraded transportation, communication, etc etc. "Industrialization marked a shift to powered, special-purpose machinery, factories and mass production. The iron and textile industries, along with the development of the steam engine, played central roles in the Industrial Revolution, which also saw improved systems of transportation, communication and banking." Said http://www.history.com/topics/industrial-revolution. They upgraded factories, machinery, transportation, communication and banking which made stuff faster and easier. Which upgrade means improve. That's why upgrade is a good word to summarize the Industrial Revolution..

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