up·​load | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈlōd How to pronounce upload (audio) , ˈəp-ˌlōd How to pronounce upload (audio) \
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 state will pay IBM at least $200,000 monthly in licensing costs for the next three years, which includes the right to upload two million passes. New York Times, 9 June 2021 United Airlines has said its MileagePlus members can upload their vaccination cards by June 22 to be entered for a chance to win either a roundtrip flight for two or free flights for a year. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Users who upload photos do so on the basis that crediting is optional, not mandatory. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 7 June 2021 In 2020, the team added the ability to upload 11-second videos. Ian Graber-stiehl, Science | AAAS, 1 June 2021 The app gets its reports from police scanners and 911-call dispatches as well as from users who upload their own videos at the scene of an accident, crime or other emergency. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, 26 May 2021 Maddie King, a spokeswoman for United Airlines, told USA TODAY that people do not need both shots to enter and can upload proof of their first shot. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 After downloading the free app—called ID-Art—users can upload images or input keywords to search for information about specific missing objects, reports Valentina Di Liscia for Hyperallergic. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 May 2021 Wayne State University has offered to deposit $10 in the accounts of students who upload proof of vaccination by May 7. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of upload

1977, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jun 2021

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“Upload.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upload. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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