up·​load | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈlōd How to pronounce upload (audio) , 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

While games make up the bulk of Itchio’s content, creators can also upload things like books, music, and comics. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The game store that outshines Steam by staying small and weird," 29 Nov. 2018 Starting Tuesday and ending August 20, unsigned bands and artists across the U.S. and in select Latin American countries can upload two original songs and a picture through Aloft Hotels’ official website to enter the contest. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "X Ambassadors Frontman Sam Harris Talks Mentoring Young Talent Ahead of Project: Aloft Star Contest & Tour," 11 June 2018 To check eligibility, upload a photo of your Medicaid or EBT card, which is given to recipients of programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; Women, Infants, and Children; and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Dinah L. Rogers Photography, NOLA.com, "Prom 2018: West St. John High School dances to 'Grande Paris'," 29 Apr. 2018 Witnesses with photos or videos of the incident can upload them here. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "What We Know About Toronto Van Attack Suspect Alek Minassian," 24 Apr. 2018 Earlier, Jack's younger sister Sophie, 18, uploaded her own emotional photo and caption. Kaitlin Menza, Woman's Day, "Luke Perry's Children Posted Tributes to Their Dad on Instagram," 6 Mar. 2019 While this is the first official trailer for the upcoming series, Bryant previously uploaded some behind-the-scenes snapshots from production to her Instagram account. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Shrill Trailer Is Here and I Can't Stop Laughing," 31 Jan. 2019 In that vein, athletes who joined a club uploaded more than three times as many activities as nonclub members (88.7 average uploads versus 25.2). Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2 Things That Will Help Motivate You to Be More Active, According to a New Strava Report," 28 Nov. 2018 The Washington Post published my account of this discovery last April, and excerpts of the tapes have been uploaded onto its website. Jonathan Greenberg, Town & Country, "How to Get a Spot Among the Billionaires on the Forbes 400 List," 15 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'upload.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of upload

1977, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about upload

Dictionary Entries near upload






up lock


Statistics for upload

Last Updated

23 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for upload

The first known use of upload was in 1977

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for upload



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on upload

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with upload

Spanish Central: Translation of upload

Nglish: Translation of upload for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of upload for Arabic Speakers

Comments on upload

What made you want to look up upload? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having no equal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!