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
Recent Examples of shareware from the Web
The next year, when its parent company Nullsoft formally incorporated, Winamp became $10 shareware.
Her event scores and instructional pieces act like shareware, software provided initially free for users to try, or like apps performing various artistic functions, decades before those terms were coined.
Among the common sins that can be checked off and confessed online are mail bombings and not paying for shareware.
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First Known Use of shareware
SHAREWARE Defined for English Language Learners
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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