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 The samples were uploaded into the CODIS DNA database but there were no matches to known offenders. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Sherri Papini Investigation Still Open More Than 3 Years After Calif. Mom's Alleged Abduction," 24 Dec. 2019 The data is locally stored on your device and is uploaded once Siri is activated, so disabling this feature will at least make your Siri inputs shorter and more specific to your requests. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "You’re not paranoid: Your phone really is listening in," 20 Dec. 2019 Any videos or photos on your phone can also be uploaded on the app. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "These Holiday Explosion TikToks Are a Delight to Watch," 25 Nov. 2019 Furthermore, the way in which the Electronic Communications Privacy Act is written means that websites, to this day, are not responsible for the content that is uploaded onto them. Jennifer Gerson, Health.com, "Revenge Porn Is a Dangerous Form of Sexual Abuse—and Victims Often Have No Power to Fight Back," 19 Nov. 2019 If knowledge can be uploaded overnight, what will the students of the future do in school? Lucas Bento, Quartz, "The brain is the final frontier of our privacy, and AI is about to breach it," 19 Nov. 2019 Over the course of the week, three more videos were uploaded in chronological order. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "SNL just released every appearance of Bill Hader as Stefon ever," 9 Nov. 2019 The videos have not been uploaded online yet due to the internet blackout. Arwa Damon, CNN, "Iraqi protesters say they have videos of government atrocities. An internet blackout is stopping the world from seeing them," 9 Oct. 2019 Published under 22 different developer accounts, all of the apps had all been uploaded within the last five months. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Google Play apps laden with ad malware were downloaded by millions of users," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of upload

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of upload was in 1977

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15 Jan 2020

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“Upload.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upload. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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