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

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

Meeting leaders can make documents available for download and interact with the audience through polls and other ways. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin tech company says presentation tool makes meetings easier, showcasing its agnostic operating system," 29 June 2018 Buy a download of 'American Idiot' by Green Day, then keep streaming it, get watching the official video on Youtube, too. USA TODAY, "Green Day's 'American Idiot' hits top of British charts ahead of Trump's UK visit," 12 July 2018 This system also works with the platform's pricing variations: Some apps are free to everyone, some downloads come with a fee that needs to be taken out of a particular department's budget, and some apps are licensed by NGA or another agency. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The DoD’s App Store Does This One Crucial Thing to Stay Secure," 3 July 2018 The behind-the-scenes ads that Zacinlo downloads can do exactly that. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "S5Mark is a 'VPN' that is actually a rootkit in disguise, BitDefender says," 18 June 2018 These tracks are all powered by downloads and video views, meaning the popularity of the No. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "SKE48 Bows at No. 1 as Kenshi Yonezu Lands 3 Songs in Top 10 on Japan Hot 100," 12 July 2018 Continue listening in the podcast above or download and subscribe to the podcast here. Grant Wahl And Brian Straus, SI.com, "World Cup Daily Podcast: How Finalists France, Croatia Mirror Their 1998 Teams," 12 July 2018 But there’s a huge audience exploring things through downloads and YouTube, a separate world of virtual listening. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Music from the shadows, being heard anew," 28 June 2018 States may also interpret the majority’s ruling as a go-ahead to tax other kinds of online commerce such as media downloads and streaming. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Springtime for Internet Taxers," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Those parallels can be found in the world of podcasting where My Favorite Murder, Missing Richard Simmons, and Dirty John are among the most-downloaded of recent years (not to mention Serial). David Sims, The Atlantic, "What’s Driving Documentaries to Box-Office Success?," 11 July 2018 Free-downloading sites and the demise of physical media ravaged the industry. Carol Zhong And Bob Van Voris, latimes.com, "Tencent streaming spinoff to list shares in U.S. amid music industry comeback," 8 July 2018 For folks working on a budget, kids ages 5 to 11 are invited to download one of three pictures from the fair's website in June and July to color for a shot at a free, all-day wristband. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Lake County Fair announces new features," 13 June 2018 The investigator downloaded child pornography and the source of the files led to Liaw’s residence, Shipley said. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Clarksville man arrested on multiple child pornography charges," 30 May 2018 Rackus said the group has put the plans for their software and hardware in the public domain so that anyone can download them and try to improve upon them. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Shoebox-sized lab can diagnose infectious diseases from a drop of blood," 25 Apr. 2018 YouTube's problems are well documented, and Google Play is, well, the best place to download illegitimate mobile emulators, if that's your thing. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Can Google Really Launch a Viable Videogame Platform?," 7 July 2018 Before the data sharing was discontinued, Apple, for example, allowed Facebook users to download profile photos for their friends and use them in their iPhone contact lists. Craig Timberg And Tony Romm, chicagotribune.com, "Facebook acknowledges it shared user data with dozens of hardware and software companies," 30 June 2018 It has been downloaded an estimated sixty million times. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds," 14 May 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)

: 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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