shareware

noun share·ware \ ˈsher-ˌwer \

Definition of shareware

: software with usually limited capability or incomplete documentation which is available for trial use at little or no cost but which can be upgraded upon payment of a fee to the author

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First Known Use of shareware

1983

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SHAREWARE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of shareware for English Language Learners

  • : computer software that you can try for free for a certain period of time before choosing whether or not to buy it



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