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down·​load ˈdau̇n-ˌlōd How to pronounce download (audio)
: 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


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downloaded; downloading; downloads

transitive verb

: 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
downloadable 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 website. 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Soon after the album’s arrival, J. Cole apologized for the song and later removed it from streaming versions of the album (the song is still available on the set’s digital download edition). Thania Garcia, Variety, 15 Apr. 2024 Our results showed that IPVanish decreased download speed test scores by 11.5% and decreased upload speed test scores by 13.55%. PCMAG, 11 Apr. 2024 The companies must also provide the typical download and upload speeds, the amount of data included in the monthly price, and charges for extra data usage. Eva Dou, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 At the same time, the Middle East has one of the highest shares of gaming mobile app downloads in the world. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 9 Apr. 2024 The network includes 47 original shows, with more than 350 million views and 20 million monthly audio downloads. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Apr. 2024 The last time an eclipse happened in the US in 2017, sales for downloads of the song increased more than 500%, according to Billboard. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 By comparison, Meta’s Threads had 171 million downloads between its July debut and November. Joe Rennison, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Every click, like, tap, download, and order is utilizing these two facilities in some way. Timothy Papandreou, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024
The mobile apps feature voice input, and the browser extensions can search public online PDFs as their source, saving you from having to download those non-browser files. Michael Muchmore, PCMAG, 15 Apr. 2024 In addition to the remote control, users can download the app to access additional features and control the drone via Wi-Fi. Maya Polton, Parents, 12 Apr. 2024 For official set times be sure to download the Coachella app. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 12 Apr. 2024 Detectives downloaded data from Gano and Mejia's cellphones, which showed no record of any phone calls between the two on the day the child died. The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024 Fallout, by contrast, downloads almost too much information in the season 1 finale. Kristen Baldwin,, 10 Apr. 2024 Wynwood’s Gramps hosts a 21-and-older listening party hours before the album’s release that will last beyond the midnight streaming and download debut of the music. Howard Cohen, Miami Herald, 4 Apr. 2024 However, the number of people across the country downloading and ordering the educational material has increased over the years as SevenDays has expanded from just buttons and stickers to bookmarks, posters and lessons plans. Beth Lipoff, Kansas City Star, 3 Apr. 2024 Taco John's $2 off burrito deal and new Taco Pizza On National Burrito Day, April 4, members of Taco John’s Bigger Bolder Rewards loyalty program get $2 off any Meat and Potato Burrito Combo (download the app and sign up for Bigger Bolder Rewards by Wednesday, April 3/3). Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1977, in the meaning defined above


1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of download was in 1975

Dictionary Entries Near download

Cite this Entry

“Download.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: an act or instance of transferring data from a usually large computer to the memory of another device (as a smaller computer)


2 of 2 verb
: to transfer (data) from one location (as a large computer to another smaller computer or storage device)

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