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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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 The Shabbat services and concert will be streamed live on the temple’s website, fairmounttemple.org/worship/live-stream, on the Fairmount Sanctuary Roku channel (a free download), and live on the temple’s Facebook page. cleveland, "Maltz Museum has series of ‘Notorious RBG’ events scheduled for April: Press Run," 26 Mar. 2021 For $10, each buyer receives a digital download of the album, plus unlimited streaming of all tracks via the Bandcamp app. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "New ‘Ten at the Door’ album raises money for Alabama venues during COVID," 13 Mar. 2021 The song was originally released as a free download 10 years ago, and the duo frequently covered the Parton ballad while on tour. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, "Hear Justin Townes Earle and Dawn Landes Cover Dolly Parton," 5 Mar. 2021 This will undoubtedly be a very large update, so make sure to have your systems on and enough free space to handle a large download and install. Erik Kain, Forbes, "Everything Coming To ‘Call Of Duty: Warzone’ In Season 2," 24 Feb. 2021 The next version of Office will not ship with the Skype for Business client app, which will be available as a download in the Microsoft Download Center. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft won't raise prices for Office 2021, which may ship with Teams," 19 Feb. 2021 The track — which topped the Digital Song Sales chart -- was available as a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp, with proceeds benefiting Fair Fight, a voting-rights organization led by activist and Democratic party politician Stacey Abrams. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "5 Things to Know About Phoebe Bridgers Ahead of Her 'Saturday Night Live' Debut," 5 Feb. 2021 On the app, which had become a top download on Apple’s App Store, discussions over politics had ramped up. New York Times, "How Parler, a Chosen App of Trump Fans, Became a Test of Free Speech," 10 Jan. 2021 Now, Sony's PlayStation store is offering refunds to those who bought the game, which costs about $60, via digital download. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Sony giving refunds to players who bought 'Cyberpunk 2077' in its PlayStation online store," 18 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After its launch on September 6, 2017, PS Now lets subscribers download approximately 800 games from the libraries of the PS4, PS3, and PS2. Grant Stoner, Wired, "Game Subscriptions Open Doors for Players With Disabilities," 9 Apr. 2021 Anyone who clicks the ad on Facebook is redirected to a website that purports to be run by the team behind Clubhouse, complete with a fake screenshot of the non-existent PC port and a link to download the scam app. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Facebook let a fake, malware-filled ‘Clubhouse’ app run ads on its site," 9 Apr. 2021 Register for free to download your complimentary copy of the WSJ Tax Guide 2021. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "2020-2021 Federal Income-Tax Rates and Brackets," 8 Apr. 2021 She was told to download a program called Team Viewer and type in credentials that gave the scammers control of her computer. Star Tribune, "Geek Squad co-opted in online scam," 8 Apr. 2021 Ruffle is made by volunteers and the software is free to download. Washington Post, "Flash is dead. These games from the early 2000s hope to live on.," 8 Apr. 2021 To download the recipes, visit californiaavocado.com. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: North Park’s Nomad Donuts revamps its menu to offer full breakfast," 6 Apr. 2021 Participants, who must remain masked during all indoor events except when eating or sleeping, will be required to download the Japanese government's contact-tracing application, documenting in real time every activity during the 14-day event. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "North Korea opts out of Tokyo Olympics," 6 Apr. 2021 The users who asked them and, for some reason, want to save the content forever have until June 30 to download them. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "An ode to Yahoo Answers, where perplexing questions begat questionable answers," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Download.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/download. Accessed 15 Apr. 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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