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

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 Click on the dates and headlines below to download full PDF pages from The Star’s historical archive. kansascity, "The Holocaust as seen through Kansas City eyes in The Star | The Kansas City Star," 23 Apr. 2018 Prizes & Approximate Retail Value: Twenty-five (25) winners will receive one (1) Wonder Woman digital download from Warner Bros. Approx. Woman's Day, ""Wonder Woman" Digital Download Giveaway," 21 Sep. 2017 That doesn’t sound like much, especially out of 5.9 million downloads. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve," 13 Nov. 2018 While Nintendo didn’t reveal a specific number of downloads, the Switch has currently sold just over 22 million units to date. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite has been installed on ‘nearly half’ of all Nintendo Switch systems," 31 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

See some quotes from the interview below, and download Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast here. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Listen to Oprah Interview Julia Roberts for BAZAAR's November Issue," 23 Oct. 2018 The idea is anyone anywhere in the world can download these patterns and cut them using CNC machines and local makers thereby decentralizing manufacturing. Diana Budds, Curbed, "4 lessons Mexican designers can teach the world," 19 Oct. 2018 Just use Wi-Fi and download its app to your phone; you're notified if the baby stirs. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 Anyone can download a digital wallet, which is essentially a software program, to use for storing Bitcoin. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Bitcoin ATMs showing up in odd spots across metro Detroit," 28 June 2018 Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to www. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis man arrested in east side slaying," 24 June 2018 FMdB is available now for free on the App Store and can be downloaded here. SI.com, "Football Manager Launch FMdB App to Bring 'World's Largest Football Database' to Every Fan's Pocket," 12 June 2018 The app can also be downloaded from www.pbsoapp.com. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Shooting victim in West Boca dies from injuries," 11 May 2018 Owners of Microsoft’s flagship operating system for personal computers should get a notification from the Windows Update service used by customers to download software patches, security fixes, and other updates. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "4 Interesting New Features From Microsoft's Latest Windows 10 Update," 10 Apr. 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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