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 \ -​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 incessant downloads started July 6 and will continue through Thursday. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "In honor of Trump visit, Brits try to lift ‘American Idiot’ to top of the charts," 10 July 2018 The free download will be available at least through this week from Gates’ blog, Gates Notes. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Bill Gates Is Giving All 2018 College Grads His New Favorite Book—For Free," 6 June 2018 The opening half-hour isn’t so much an episode as a reference manual, a massive plot download beginning with a five-minute Ron Howard recap. New York Times, "Review: ‘Arrested Development’ Chases Its Past, Slowly," 28 May 2018 Millions do the same, despite the fact that Skype apps are a download away on iPhone and Android smart phones and tablets. Dina Bass And Nate Lanxon, chicagotribune.com, "Don't skype me: How Microsoft turned consumers against a beloved brand," 14 May 2018 Investigators said computer software captured the downloads to Gonzales' IP address between December 2017 and April 2018. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Florence man arrested on child pornography charge," 25 Apr. 2018 The 2018 guide is available for $9.99 as a PDF download; go to his Twitter account (@dpbrugler) to purchase. Dennis Manoloff, cleveland.com, "NFL Draft 2018: Analyst Dane Brugler chats with DMan's World (photos)," 23 Apr. 2018 The advent of 5G technology promises to bring faster downloads and quicker network response times. Matthew Kassel, WSJ, "As 5G Technology Expands, So Do Concerns Over Privacy," 26 Feb. 2019 Sigil, which takes place after the events of Doom’s fourth episode, will be released as a free download in February and features nine single-player and nine multiplayer levels. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Doom is getting a 25th anniversary mod from the game’s co-creator," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Derby will also be available to stream on the NBC Sports App, which can be downloaded in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon FireTV, Roku, Xbox, Samsung, and Microsoft. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "All the Ways You Can Watch This Year's Kentucky Derby," 5 Mar. 2019 Both startups are venture-backed and have been downloaded more than 38 million times, with each hitting one million paid subscribers in June. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: A Russian disinformation campaign used every major social media platform to help elect President Trump," 17 Dec. 2018 Fast forward 10 years, and we’ve created over 10 games, including Temple Run, which has been downloaded over a BILLION times. Emily Price, Fortune, "Apple's App Store Just Turned 10 Years Old," 10 July 2018 In the days after that first test-firing, his gun was downloaded more than 100,000 times. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns," 10 July 2018 The links to the left contain raw data that can be downloaded by news-aggregator software or online news readers such as Google Reader. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "RSS FEEDS," 5 July 2018 The app can be downloaded from the App Store for Iphone users and Google Play for Android users. State Senator Robert Nichols, Houston Chronicle, "Nichols: Comptroller hoping to reconnect Texans with unclaimed property," 29 June 2018 Data associated with the Genome in a Bottle samples were downloaded to about 15,000 computers worldwide in 2017, Zook said, suggesting that there’s a strong appetite for the information. Karen Weintraub, BostonGlobe.com, "A doctor wages personal and professional battles against aging," 23 June 2018 Our mobile apps are ready to be downloaded to your tablet or smartphone from iTunes or Google Play. Scientific American, "How do I get the Scientific American or Scientific American Mind Mobile Apps?," 18 June 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)

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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