download

noun
down·​load | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌlōd \

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 \ 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

While PDFs designed to manipulate search results are relatively benign, the people exploiting ThousandEyes’ security lapse could have used it to host much more nefarious things, such as links to malicious downloads. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "When a network intel provider’s domain serves fraudulent content, something is wrong," 15 Nov. 2018 Broadband download speeds in the U.S. rose 35.8 percent and upload speeds are up 22 percent from last year, according to internet speed-test company Ookla in its latest U.S. broadband report. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Internet Lives," 14 Dec. 2018 California, the home of Silicon Valley, ranked 17th in downloads and 24th in uploads. Rani Molla, Recode, "U.S. internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year," 12 Dec. 2018 Our wallpapers page has original art for free download to put on your device. William Joel, The Verge, "2018: A year in The Verge illustrations," 29 Dec. 2018 This only reminds us that network download speeds are inconsistent. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "How fast is 5G? This speed demo gives us an idea," 4 Dec. 2018 The download from the memory unit included about 1,800 parameters of data. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Investigators Download 69 Hours of Data From Crashed Lion Air Jet," 4 Nov. 2018 When a device requires a download from the Play Store, Dynamic delivery grabs the base APK and one CPU, display, and language APK from the pile, and ships them all to the device. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed," 13 Sep. 2018 The film is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as by download from Chassy Media. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They called me 'uppity,' and I loved it: A pioneer's story of racing and race," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The two companies operate on essentially the same business model: download the app, pay $1 to start a scooter rental, and then pay $0.15 - $0.20 per minute after that. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Can cities ban e-scooters in the name of public safety? Bird says no way," 4 Nov. 2018 Subscribe and download the College Gridiron 365 podcast on iTunes and Android. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "West Virginia launches Heisman campaign for QB Will Grier," 7 July 2018 Data associated with the Genome in a Bottle samples were downloaded to about 15,000 computers worldwide in 2017, Zook said, suggesting that there’s a strong appetite for the information. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "An anti-aging researcher faces the loss of his inspiration: his 96-year-old father," 20 June 2018 People can signup and order online on the Favor Delivery website or download the app. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "New pizzeria opening in Kingwood, food delivery services business Favor adds Lake Houston area to its map," 7 June 2018 To plan a trip, visit RideMCTS.com or download the Ride MCTS app. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County bus service to new Ikea store starts Sunday," 1 June 2018 All residents need to do is download the app and pay for the gas. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian And Kanye West’s New Miami Condo Refills Their Gas Tanks," 17 Jan. 2019 The winding down of operations will end next August, to give customers time to download and migrate their data. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Asian stocks mixed after IMF downgrades economic outlook," 8 Oct. 2018 Simply plug the unit into any outlet, download the smartphone app, and select from 75 sounds that include white noise, fan sounds, nature sounds, and lullabies. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 10 July 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 \
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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