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verb (used with object)
  1. to transfer (software, data, character sets, etc.) from a smaller to a larger computer.
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  1. software, data, etc., that has been uploaded.
  2. the act or process of uploading.
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Origin of upload

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  1. (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


  1. 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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