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

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In an effort to identify people who were in the store at the time, police uploaded surveillance video. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Mob of people overwhelm an Iowa Casey’s. Within a minute, chaos ensues, video shows," 12 July 2018 Instead, the company uploaded the film in its entirety—apparently by accident. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Sony tries to upload movie trailer to YouTube, posts entire movie instead," 3 July 2018 Mapping capabilities, especially for uploading and following a course, were always better, and the measured data (heart rate, power, cadence) via ANT+ devices made them far more useful tools for athletes. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Garmin Edge 1030 vs. the iPhone X," 29 June 2018 When the Lab launched, Sephora rolled out Pocket Contour, an early app released at the height of the contouring craze that let users upload a selfie and get a step-by-step tutorial on applying the makeup, specific to their face shape. refinery29.com, "The Pipeline: The Sephora Innovation Manager Pushing The Beauty Giant's Tech Forward," 29 June 2018 Authors could upload manuscripts, and Pronoun would take care of the formatting and the distribution. Nicole Dieker, Longreads, "How the Self-Publishing Industry Changed, Between My First and Second Novels," 23 June 2018 Available on iOS and Android, IGTV will allow creators to upload videos up to an hour long directly to Instagram; there will be no ads to start, but there may be a revenue-sharing deal with partners. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Under pressure, Trump changes his border policy," 21 June 2018 The band plans to continue using PEOPLE to upload and release music over the next couple of months for this now highly anticipated album, along with past projects. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Bon Iver & The National Collab Album to Be Released This Summer in Installments," 21 June 2018 SoundCloud, the music streaming service that allows artists to upload tracks, became the duo's primary platform. Kyle Swenson, chicagotribune.com, "XXXTentacion: The nasty, brutish and short life of the chart-topping rapper," 20 June 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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