[ doun-lohd ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to transfer (software, data, character sets, etc.) from a distant to a nearby computer, from a larger to a smaller computer, or from a computer to a peripheral device.

  1. software, data, etc., that has been downloaded: the best free music downloads.

  2. the act or process of downloading.

Origin of download

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How to use download in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for download


/ (ˈdaʊnˌləʊd) /

  1. to copy or transfer (data or a program) into the memory of one computer system from a larger one

  2. to broadcast specialist programmes, for such groups as doctors, outside normal broadcasting hours. They are often recorded on video tapes and viewed later: Compare upload

  1. esp Canadian to delegate or assign (work, responsibilities, costs, etc) to a someone at a lower level of an organization; off-load

  1. a file transferred onto a computer from another computer or the internet

Derived forms of download

  • downloadable, adjective

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Scientific definitions for download


[ dounlōd′ ]

  1. To transfer data or programs from a server or host computer to one's own computer or digital device. Compare upload.

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