Definition of download in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdounˌlōd/ /ˈdaʊnˌloʊd/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Copy (data) from one computer system to another, typically over the internet.

    • ‘it would be wise to download your program to another computer before testing it’


  • 1An act or process of downloading data.

    ‘movie downloads were painfully slow’
    • ‘we have music available for free download’
    • ‘download speeds of 200 to 300 kilobits per second’
    • ‘Most other countries' broadband systems offer far lower upload rates than download ones.’
    • ‘Even with 3G, upload speeds are not better because the speeds are download not upload.’
    • ‘BitTorrent is designed to replace and enhance the performance of a standard http or ftp download server.’
    • ‘Now, Mozilla will have graciously recorded your entire http and ftp download history, so we'll need to deal with that.’
    • ‘Internet Frog: a cute way to test your upload and download connection speeds.’
    • ‘They both supply the ecommerce and digital download backbone for software publishers.’
    • ‘In fact, the code does not cost a penny with SCO providing a rather swift download site for SCO Linux.’
    • ‘Websense briefly mistook Microsoft's software download page for a nice big doobie.’
    • ‘Samsung is to follow Apple and Sony and launch its own online content download service to promote its digital music players.’
    • ‘The UK CD figures should also be carefully read by executives of online music download services.’
    • ‘It claims to offer Internet access via satellite at download speeds of 2Mbps.’
    • ‘Now you have to pay a minimal fee for full access and download rights for all their in house software.’
    • ‘Cutscene movies must be limited to keep download size and rendering time manageable.’
    • ‘As we noted earlier, a large splitfile will be cached locally to enable quick recovery from download interruptions.’
    • ‘Our writer warned people not to read to much into download figures of open source software.’
    • ‘Apple's 50 million download tally was seen by some web sites as inherent admission of failure.’
    • ‘Although the company did not offer any download services directly it provided links to websites which did.’
    • ‘The offer also includes a free modem, free connection and no download restrictions.’
    • ‘Handsets capable of accessing the faster download speeds are in the pipeline too.’
    • ‘The carrier pitched the service as a way of bringing on-the-move impulse purchasing to the digital download market.’
    1. 1.1A file or set of files that has been downloaded.
      ‘digital music downloads’
      • ‘So the software vendors opted for automatic downloads of signature file updates.’
      • ‘Some folk will want to transfer video downloads to a portable device and one with a large screen.’
      • ‘One tracker can supervise the simultaneous downloads of multiple files.’
      • ‘Instead, it only permits streams of music files, while permitting downloads of other content.’
      • ‘The extra speed offered by MIMO translates into very fast Web page loading and file downloads.’
      • ‘The most popular downloads in the mobile content marketplace are ringtones, music and games.’
      • ‘To help you choose, there are lists of the most popular downloads and playlists.’
      • ‘The software can analyse text, and it can be configured to strip out adverts and block file downloads.’
      • ‘Music downloads and file sharing have ended that dominance.’
      • ‘Other Web sites that have published the presentation have seen thousands of downloads, according to data from those sites.’
      • ‘For example: if you try doing data downloads in Europe, you'll find it costs.’
      • ‘Orange is guessing that news will be a tempting way of getting users to pay premium prices for data downloads.’
      • ‘In addition, we regularly provide Service Packs and free downloads on our website.’
      • ‘The popularity of digital downloads is measured in official download music charts.’
      • ‘The service also blocks pop-ups and accelerates downloads including MP3s and executables.’
      • ‘The three computer download test worked like a charm and all downloads were successful.’
      • ‘A British company with a history of taking on larger rivals says it owns six patents affecting software downloads.’
      • ‘Authorities in Moscow are investigating a Russian website offering cheap music downloads.’
      • ‘Legitimate downloads of the software only came out last week, so the attack is timely.’
      • ‘Most of the free game downloads are small enough to be downloaded from the internet.’