up·​load | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈlōd , ˈəp-ˌlōd\
uploaded; uploading; uploads

Definition of upload

transitive verb

: to transfer (something, such as data or files) from a computer or other digital device to the memory of another device (such as a larger or remote computer) especially via the Internet

Examples of upload in a Sentence

She uploaded the pictures from her digital camera to her computer. upload files to the Internet

Recent Examples on the Web

Certain users could also be prevented from uploading videos at all. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube now runs pop-ups on videos that warn users of EU copyright proposal," 20 Nov. 2018 Based on limited results from its beta test, Weebly says that some vendors experienced sales increases of more than 80 percent after uploading the new photos. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Bad product photos can hinder a small business. This company is trying to help.," 14 Nov. 2018 Securus’ web portal let law-enforcement officials pull data by uploading an official document, though the system didn’t verify whether the document was actually authorization from a court or prosecutor. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "How Wireless Carriers Get Permission to Share Your Whereabouts," 15 July 2018 One video, uploaded by creator E;R two years ago, has come under scrutiny recently after the creator’s channel was given a shoutout by PewDiePie. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Google still has no answers for YouTube’s biggest problem," 11 Dec. 2018 Here’s video, uploaded by the liberal news site Iowa Starting Line: To be clear, this line of questioning is not unreasonable. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Someone asked Steve King about his ideology at a forum. King called security.," 1 Nov. 2018 The allegations came to light in two Youtube videos uploaded by Ayissha Morgan, who previously appeared on the show three years prior. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "'Catfish' host Nev Schulman gets candid about cleared sexual misconduct allegation," 11 July 2018 By way of a DNA sample uploaded by a distant relative of DeAngelo’s to a genealogy website. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "DNA Submitted for Geneology Research Led Police to the Golden State Killer Suspect," 27 Apr. 2018 YouTube has contended that the volume of videos uploaded to the site is too big of a challenge to rely only on human monitors. Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, "YouTube Says Computers Are Catching Problem Videos," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of upload

1977, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of upload

computers : to move or copy (a file, program, etc.) from a computer or device to a usually larger computer or computer network

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