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

Prosecutors had the accuser's phone information for more than a year and conducted a forensic download of the data, all while hiding the details from the defense, Jackson alleged. Elizabeth Joseph, CNN, "Kevin Spacey's accuser must turn over phone to defense team, a judge rules," 8 June 2019 That language is a bit confusing, as only the download will occur immediately. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Windows 10 May 2019 Update is live—here's how to get it," 21 May 2019 All told, there have been 242 million Tinder downloads. Leigh Gallagher, Fortune, "Match Is the Sweetheart of Online Dating—But Can It Fend Off Facebook and Bumble?," 27 June 2018 Flurry Analytics reports that downloads of health and fitness mobile apps increased 330 percent from 2014 to 2017. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Streaming fitness services take off," 27 Apr. 2018 Samaritan, launched in September 2016, has 7,000 downloads in Seattle, and Kumar says donations total around $2,500 a month. Scott Greenstone, chicagotribune.com, "Homeless? This startup has an app for that," 9 May 2018 Things didn't remain simple for long, though, since the introduction of the iPod meant the rise of digital downloads, which Billboard began tracking in 2003. Travis M. Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "Billboard's charts used to be our barometer for music success. Are they meaningless in the streaming age?," 9 July 2018 Views sold 851,000 albums in its first week, all from digital downloads. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Drake Earns Eighth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Scorpion,' Sets New Streaming Record," 8 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The app can be downloaded to Apple and Android mobile devices and currently includes the Porsche 911 and the Mission E concept. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Porsche Augmented-Reality App Lets You Build Your Dream Car, Then See It in Your Driveway," 28 May 2019 In separate interviews, the Ingrams confessed to downloading and saving child pornography, according to a news release from the attorney general's office. Domingo Ramirez Jr., star-telegram, "Texas father arrested one day, next day his son - both accused of having child porn | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 Labuda downloaded and received images and videos depicting child pornography using foreign websites, according to court documents, and attempted to hide his activity using anonymizing software and encryption. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "St. John man sentenced to 5 years for possessing child pornography," 24 Apr. 2018 To make matters worse, a graphics-intensive page doesn’t slow down information access just for the person downloading it. Popular Mechanics, "The Death of the Internet," 7 Feb. 2019 Some low-cost manufacturers may opt to stop pre-installing Google apps, instead allowing consumers to download them manually. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Google Will Charge Phone Makers to Pre-Install Apps in Europe," 16 Oct. 2018 After downloading it, start by finding shows and subscribe to them. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Google vows to double podcast audience with new Android app," 19 June 2018 Yours Forever, The Sister To hear an audio version of this story, download it on the This American Life website or from any podcast app on Sunday evening. Nadia Bowers, Time, "What I’d Say to the Drug Dealer Who Gave My Sister a Fatal Dose of Heroin," 19 May 2018 In return, teachers get a morning-of training session that introduces them to the free program, which can be downloaded on to devices the school already has. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "'It makes it come alive': Lake County students explore solar system, human body with augmented reality," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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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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