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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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The online library, which had been active since 2009, claimed to offer more than 11 million e-books for download, prosecutors said. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2022 Mr Malcolm's List is now available for digital download in Australia. Alicia Vrajlal,, 16 Nov. 2022 The streaming giant currently offers subscribers 35 mobile games for free download through Netflix’s mobile app, with plans to grow that number to roughly 50 by the end of the year. Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2022 Also known as MacOS 13, Apple’s latest operating system is finally available for download. WIRED, 25 Oct. 2022 Stackwell recently announced the release of its first product, a robo-investing app, available for download in the App Store. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 18 Oct. 2022 From the Microsoft Store, download and install the iCloud for Windows app. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 9 Nov. 2022 Early 202 last week had your full download on the ways in which the 2022 midterm results could be prolonged. Aaron Blake, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2022 Essentially all of the set’s sales were on CD, with a negligible sum on digital album download. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 4 Nov. 2022
Charge it and download photos from it using a USB cable. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 23 Nov. 2022 That mania triggered parabolic stock rallies despite gamers opting to download new titles instead of visiting stores, with the retailer saddled with more than $1 billion in debt and lease liabilities at one point. Scott Deveau, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2022 Internet bandwidth can also be a challenge, with some rural departments unable to download the state’s lengthy election operations manuals, Epps-Johnson told GovTech. Jule Pattison, Hartford Courant, 21 Nov. 2022 The best Netflix trick to do that is to download shows for offline viewing. Chris Smith, BGR, 13 Nov. 2022 The first step is to download the group’s 16-page Greenscapes Guide from the alliance’s website, Robert Knox,, 17 Sep. 2022 The promoted app pin works similarly to a shopping pin, but the call to action is to download your app. Rob Kosberg, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 This library of games is available to download and play and includes blockbusters from PlayStation Studios and third-party partners. Whitson Gordon Simon Hill, WIRED, 7 Nov. 2022 Heck, Netflix’s online Media Center doesn’t even bother to populate the listing for this series, offering nothing about what the show is about beyond making some press photos available to download. Andy Meek, BGR, 5 Nov. 2022 See More

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Download.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

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


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

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