download

noun
down·​load | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌlōd How to pronounce download (audio) \

Definition of download

 (Entry 1 of 2)

computers
: an act or instance of transferring something (such as data or files) from a usually large computer to the memory of another device (such as a smaller computer) : an act or instance of downloading (see download entry 2) something faster downloads also : the item downloaded two downloads

download

verb
downloaded; downloading; downloads

Definition of download (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

computers
: to transfer (data, files, etc.) from one location (such as a large computer or the cloud) to another (such as a smaller computer, smartphone, or storage device) download the files onto your computer downloading songs from the Internet

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Other Words from download

Verb

downloadable \ -​ˌlō-​də-​bəl How to pronounce downloadable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of download in a Sentence

Noun

The modem is capable of high-speed downloads. The download will take about three minutes. The program is available for download at the company's Web site. The downloads are all in this folder.

Verb

He downloaded the files onto his computer. She downloads songs from the Internet. The new program makes downloading faster.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And since games are streamed rather than run locally, they can be played instantaneously with no download time, potentially even launched from inside a YouTube video. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google's 'Stadia' Is the Latest Attack in the War on Games You Can Actually Own," 19 Mar. 2019 Right now, advertisers rely almost entirely on download figures to determine the value of advertising on a podcast. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "NPR wants to know what podcast ads you skip," 27 Dec. 2018 Download this free eight-page PDF download for four short stories on black holes. Discover Magazine, "Black Holes Explained," 20 Dec. 2018 The researchers also found at least 11 bands identified as making hate music and four racist record labels — with a total of 48 albums — available for streaming or digital download on Amazon as of June. Tracy Jan, latimes.com, "Amazon continues to profit from the sale of white-supremacist propaganda, report says," 6 July 2018 Those services would be granted all-inclusive licenses for downloads and on-demand streaming of songs listed in the database. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Congress Passes Bill Updating Music Copyright Protections for the Spotify Era," 25 Sep. 2018 Of course, not long after, the definition of a single would change once more, perhaps more so than ever before, as the early 2000s brought the advent of download sales, led by Apple's iTunes Store. Gary Trust, Billboard, "In 1998, 'Iris,' 'Torn,' & Other Radio Smashes Hit the Hot 100 at Last After a Key Rule Change," 30 May 2018 The reason: Digital download sales have dropped significantly over the past few years because of the growing popularity of streaming services, allowing the sale of physical albums sales to gain an edge. Emily Price, Fortune, "For the First Time in Years, CDs and Vinyl Outsold Digital Music Downloads," 23 Mar. 2018 The incessant downloads started July 6 and will continue through Thursday. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "In honor of Trump visit, Brits try to lift ‘American Idiot’ to top of the charts," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After learning Delos is secretly trying to download the consciousnesses of their affluent guests, everyone assumed the fictional company's goal is filling the highest levels of power with clones who are loyal to them above all else. refinery29.com, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," 8 June 2018 The great difference from the novel is a practical one, given the contemporary ubiquity of cellphones and the ability to download any book in existence at the tap of a thumbprint. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Fahrenheit 451 Tackles the Evils of Social Media," 19 May 2018 That allows us to download any pitch that’s ever been thrown. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Taking a swing at virtual reality: how Villanova baseball is using tech to improve at the plate," 10 May 2018 Applications are also available to download at cityofnampa.us/brushupnampa. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "House need a fresh coat of paint? Brush-Up Nampa is seeking participants | Idaho Statesman," 24 Apr. 2018 The egg hunt is free and open to the public (download your **free** ticket early, though!). Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "We Found the Best Easter Egg Hunts Near New York City," 11 Mar. 2019 Simply download the Domino's app and use it to take a picture of a pizza, any pizza. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019 The Derby will also be available to stream on the NBC Sports App, which can be downloaded in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon FireTV, Roku, Xbox, Samsung, and Microsoft. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "All the Ways You Can Watch This Year's Kentucky Derby," 5 Mar. 2019 Both startups are venture-backed and have been downloaded more than 38 million times, with each hitting one million paid subscribers in June. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: A Russian disinformation campaign used every major social media platform to help elect President Trump," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of download

Noun

1977, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1979, in the meaning defined above

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download

noun

English Language Learners Definition of download

 (Entry 1 of 2)

computers
: an act of moving or copying a file, program, etc., from a usually larger computer system to another computer or device
: a file, program, etc., that is downloaded

download

verb

English Language Learners Definition of download (Entry 2 of 2)

computers : to move or copy (a file, program, etc.) from a usually larger computer system to another computer or device

download

verb
down·​load | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌlōd How to pronounce download (audio) \
downloaded; downloading

Kids Definition of download

: to move from a usually larger computer system to another computer system I downloaded music from the Internet onto my computer.

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