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 downloadable (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

The site had five million users and 17 million downloads of math curriculum last year, by state data. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New Math Curriculum Counts for This New York City School," 15 June 2019 The cost is $10 per family and includes a free music CD or MP3 download. Post-tribune Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Church news," 14 June 2019 Now, with streaming services, web archives, and easy-to-purchase downloads, the timing of a broadcast barely matters anymore. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "20 everyday tasks that nobody does anymore," 13 June 2019 Federal court filings show that prosecutors and agents have compiled audio and video recordings and downloads from cell phones seized from the defendants. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Feds indict Baltimore man on drug charges; police say he is tied to violent group of dealers," 6 June 2019 To request a copy, call 858-541-2277 or download at tinyurl.com/fire-prep-tips. Maureen Robertson, Ramona Sentinel, "News Briefs: Bow Wow Pow Wow, school plan public hearing," 5 June 2019 Two years later, Apple launched the iTunes Music Store as an easy way for consumers to download albums and individual songs as well as TV shows. Michael Cappetta, NBC News, "RiP: Apple breaks up iTunes into three apps," 3 June 2019 The gamble paid off: The HBO/Sky Atlantic miniseries, which dramatizes the 1986 nuclear accident and its aftermath, emerged as an unlikely hit, with more than 9 million viewers, plus 6.5 million downloads or views of its companion podcast. Matt Brennan, chicagotribune.com, "No one is more surprised by ‘Chernobyl’s’ success than creator Craig Mazin," 20 June 2019 UPlay Plus, Xbox Game Pass, and EA/Origin Access, meanwhile, offer unlimited downloads of games from specific developer libraries. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The app can be downloaded to Apple and Android mobile devices and currently includes the Porsche 911 and the Mission E concept. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Porsche Augmented-Reality App Lets You Build Your Dream Car, Then See It in Your Driveway," 28 May 2019 In separate interviews, the Ingrams confessed to downloading and saving child pornography, according to a news release from the attorney general's office. Domingo Ramirez Jr., star-telegram, "Texas father arrested one day, next day his son - both accused of having child porn | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 Labuda downloaded and received images and videos depicting child pornography using foreign websites, according to court documents, and attempted to hide his activity using anonymizing software and encryption. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "St. John man sentenced to 5 years for possessing child pornography," 24 Apr. 2018 To make matters worse, a graphics-intensive page doesn’t slow down information access just for the person downloading it. Popular Mechanics, "The Death of the Internet," 7 Feb. 2019 Some low-cost manufacturers may opt to stop pre-installing Google apps, instead allowing consumers to download them manually. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Google Will Charge Phone Makers to Pre-Install Apps in Europe," 16 Oct. 2018 After downloading it, start by finding shows and subscribe to them. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Google vows to double podcast audience with new Android app," 19 June 2018 Yours Forever, The Sister To hear an audio version of this story, download it on the This American Life website or from any podcast app on Sunday evening. Nadia Bowers, Time, "What I’d Say to the Drug Dealer Who Gave My Sister a Fatal Dose of Heroin," 19 May 2018 In return, teachers get a morning-of training session that introduces them to the free program, which can be downloaded on to devices the school already has. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "'It makes it come alive': Lake County students explore solar system, human body with augmented reality," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of download was in 1975

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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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