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 download (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 With the grant, Garden Valley Technologies will improve broadband service levels up to one gigabit per second download and upload speed, which exceeds the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals for homes, businesses and community facilities. Star Tribune, "Minnesota briefs: Two Iron Range school districts add mountain bike teams," 13 Feb. 2021 In response to the brouhaha, Big Loud Records Wednesday suspended his contract though his records are still available for download or purchase. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "Country radio stations drop Morgan Wallen after use of racial slur," 3 Feb. 2021 Every show is uploaded to the station's website and available for on-demand download. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Festivals Canceled, Promoters Launch Radio Bizarro to Bring Music to Dominican Republic," 15 Jan. 2021 Emerging applications like virtual reality gaming demand ever-higher download speeds. Bhaskar Krishnamachari, The Conversation, "How does Wi-Fi work? An electrical engineer explains," 12 Jan. 2021 Montana ranks second to last among states in an analysis of internet coverage, pricing and average download speeds conducted by the data website BroadbandNow. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "Rural Pastors Tend to Flocks Divided and Isolated by Covid-19," 30 Dec. 2020 Some reviewers found the new iPhone 12 reaching download speeds of almost 3GB per second under the right conditions. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Look out for these new smartphone features in 2021," 26 Dec. 2020 Most of the popular new streaming services are offered, either by default or download, such as Disney Channel and HBO Max. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Cyber Monday: What you need to know before buying that cheap smart TV," 30 Nov. 2020 Plans must include the basic minimum for broadband service, but also should include a plan to increase speeds up to 100 megabits per second download speed and 10 megabits per second upload speed. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County seeks more projects, partnerships to close digital divide," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Find all Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentives at energytrust.org/residential/incentives/ or download the full list of offers for Oregon homeowners. oregonlive, "Efficient appliances with cash rebates are on sale for Presidents Day: Save now and forever, says Energy Trust of Oregon," 15 Feb. 2021 There’s an easy fix: Delete Facebook from your phone and then download it again from the App Store or Google Play Store. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 apps you should delete right now," 4 Feb. 2021 New users can download it and sign up for a free month trial to start watching the event on Android, Apple, Roku, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4 devices. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "How to Watch and Stream the 2020 ACM Awards Featuring Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, and More," 16 Sep. 2020 Scientists have several ways to comply with Plan S, including by paying publishers a fee to make an article freely available on a journal website, or depositing the article in a free public repository where anyone can download it. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "A new mandate highlights costs, benefits of making all scientific articles free to read," 1 Jan. 2021 And the company has trained employees on how to nudge shoppers to download it. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "How Ulta Beauty is using tech to spur in-store shopping during the pandemic," 4 Dec. 2020 Patrons may download three songs per week, but can listen to thousands of songs individually or on playlists. Chris Smith | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Download or listen to music free through the Jefferson Library's Freegal program," 1 Dec. 2020 Members can download a short application and submit it by email. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Albion Elementary School PTA presents Ohio Achievement Awards: Strong Points," 19 Nov. 2020 That means the app only works if enough people download it. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "COVID-19 outbreak complicates contact tracing, remains vital to slowing coronavirus spread," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for download

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The first known use of download was in 1975

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22 Feb 2021

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“Download.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/download. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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