I am trying to update a table column by appending some text to the existing value in the column.

Basically, I am trying to do something like this:

                array('notes' => notes + 'some text here to append'))
               ,array('note_id' => 313)

Is this possible?

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Short answer: it's not possible.

Long answer: you should try $wpdb->query instead and write a regular SQL query, something like this:

UPDATE table_name SET notes = CONCAT(notes, 'text to append') WHERE note_id = '313'

Please note it's only an example and you should use $wpdb->prepare to also sanitize variables properly.

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