verb (used with object)

to transfer (software, data, character sets, etc.) from a smaller to a larger computer.


software, data, etc., that has been uploaded.
the act or process of uploading.

Origin of upload

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Related Words for upload

transfer, sync, pass, connect, exchange, transmit, send

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British Dictionary definitions for upload



(tr) to copy or transfer (data or a program) from one's own computer into the memory of another computerCompare download (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for upload

by 1980, from up + load (v.). Related: Uploaded; uploading.

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upload in Science



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