[ ad-wair ]
/ ˈædˌwɛər /

noun Computers.

software that displays advertisements and is integrated into another program offered at no charge or at low cost.
a type of spyware that gathers information about an Internet user's browsing habits and displays targeted or contextual advertisements.

Origin of adware

1980–85; ad(vertising-supported) + (soft)ware Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for adware


/ (ˈædˌwɛə) /


a type of computer software that collects information about a user's browsing patterns in order to display relevant advertisements in his or her Web browser
computer software that is given to a user with advertisements already embedded
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