shareware

noun
share·​ware | \ ˈsher-ˌwer How to pronounce shareware (audio) \

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

Examples of shareware in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since then there have been eight additional installments, as the games have spread from shareware and computers to the Game Boy Advance, the original Xbox and all the current consoles. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "'Wolfenstein: Youngblood': Classic video game franchise gets influx of female empowerment," 25 July 2019 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. Lucy Harvey, Smithsonian, "The Long and Winding Road of Yoko Ono’s Art," 16 June 2017 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. Lucy Harvey, Smithsonian, "The Long and Winding Road of Yoko Ono’s Art," 16 June 2017 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. Lucy Harvey, Smithsonian, "The Long and Winding Road of Yoko Ono’s Art," 16 June 2017 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. Lucy Harvey, Smithsonian, "The Long and Winding Road of Yoko Ono’s Art," 16 June 2017 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. Lucy Harvey, Smithsonian, "The Long and Winding Road of Yoko Ono’s Art," 16 June 2017 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. Lucy Harvey, Smithsonian, "The Long and Winding Road of Yoko Ono’s Art," 16 June 2017 The next year, when its parent company Nullsoft formally incorporated, Winamp became $10 shareware. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Winamp’s woes: How the greatest MP3 player undid itself," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of shareware

1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Shareware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shareware. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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shareware

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How to pronounce shareware (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shareware

: 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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