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"shareware" in British English

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sharewarenoun [U]

uk   /ˈʃeə.weər/  us   /ˈʃer.wer/
computerprograms that you are ​allowed to use for a ​shortperiod before you ​decide if you ​want to ​buy them: I've ​found a really good shareware ​texteditor.
(Definition of shareware from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sharewarenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈʃeəweər/ IT
software that is ​available to use and which you ​pay for only if you wish to continue using it after a particular length of ​time: The ​software is shareware and ​costs €10 to ​register.
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