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 \ ˈdau̇n-​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 One of the interesting things about 5G is that its potential impact reaches far beyond faster mobile downloads. Bob O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Super Bowl 2020 in 5G: Making the sports connection," 1 Feb. 2020 If the users download from everywhere no control can be done. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft shovels more dirt on UWP apps, leaving Win32 apps as the future once again," 31 Jan. 2020 For an even easier way to get your files in the cloud, download Google’s Backup and Sync tool for Windows or macOS. David Nield, Popular Science, "Move your digital photos between services without losing a pixel," 29 Jan. 2020 Further Reading Ars Technica’s favorite video games from our first 10 years, 1998-2008 This giveaway is also a reminder that Valve can't claim to be the most generous game-download marketplace of the past year. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Every classic Half-Life game is now free on Steam," 21 Jan. 2020 Between 2016 and 2019, there was a nearly 200% increase in app downloads in India, the highest in the world by a long shot. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Charted: India’s love for smartphone apps is not an obsession anymore, it’s a mania," 20 Jan. 2020 The law also says that a police officer cannot confiscate a cellphone to determine compliance with this law or download information from it unless there is probable cause to believe it was used in a crime, or the officer has a search warrant. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what a ban on cellphones while driving could look like in Indiana," 17 Jan. 2020 Get ahead of wedding season stress and download GLOW, a mobile app that brings beauty right to your door via beauty professionals who bring their talents directly to your home. Sarah Cook Mcbride, al, "Birmingham magazine January culture picks," 16 Jan. 2020 Created in 2009, WhatsApp made money initially from download fees and then a $0.99 annual subscription, but Facebook made the platform free after acquiring it. Kirsten Grind, WSJ, "Facebook Backs Off Controversial Plan to Sell Ads in WhatsApp," 16 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rather than download it from an app store, precinct leaders had to side-load it onto their devices, a confusing process that many seem to have understandably not bothered with. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The Iowa Caucus Tech Meltdown Is a Warning," 4 Feb. 2020 Kids can also download a Gordy coloring sheet from the zoo's website and bring it to the zoo on Groundhog Day, where they'll be entered into a drawing to win a Groundhog Day prize package. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gordy the groundhog is technically hibernating. But zookeepers say he'll be ready for Groundhog Day.," 24 Jan. 2020 The video was distributed online, and Sims urged anyone who downloaded it to delete it immediately. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Third suspect charged in Marshall County bestiality, sodomy case," 23 Jan. 2020 From Wikipedia, Gabel downloaded an image of an oil painting: George Washington on a rearing white horse. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "How New Jersey’s Twitter Found Its “Big State Energy”," 13 Jan. 2020 IndyStar downloaded the Iron March database from the Internet Archive and found the account under that username, which included his identifiable email address, date of birth and a unique member number. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Ex-Marion County Jail II officer suspended from Nevada facility after neo-Nazi posts found," 10 Jan. 2020 To find Girl Scout cookies in North Texas, download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for iPhone or Android phones. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Girl Scouts announce new cookie in 2020 and $1 price increase," 7 Jan. 2020 The guide is free and readily available online for anyone who wishes to download it. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Time’s Up Addresses Exploitation In Auditions, Nude Scenes & Workplace Harassment With New Guidelines," 6 Jan. 2020 How to set up an Alipay account First of all, find Alipay in the app store (available on both IOS and Android) and download it. Jane Li, Quartz, "How to set up and use an Alipay account as a tourist in China," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of download

Noun

1977, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1975, in the meaning defined above

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Time Traveler

The first known use of download was in 1975

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6 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Download.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/download. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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download

noun
How to pronounce download (audio)

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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