Meaning of “software” in the English Dictionary

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"software" in British English

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softwarenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈsɒft.weər/ us /ˈsɑːft.wer/

(Definition of “software” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"software" in American English

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softwarenoun [ U ]

us /ˈsɔftˌweər/

the instructions that control what a computer can do; computer programs:

educational software

(Definition of “software” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"software" in Business English

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softwarenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈsɒftweər/ us IT

the programs that you put into a computer to make it do particular jobs:

The help desk helps customers install and run software.
install/load software
Thousands of users are able to download software provided by the company.
develop/design software The company has invested $3m to develop software.
They have written software for an international trade database.
The firm masterminds the computer software and hardware for the lottery.
The companies offer software applications through the internet.

(Definition of “software” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)