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/

A2 the instructions that control what a computer does; computer programs:

He's written a piece of software that does your taxes for you.
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  • He works for a software company.
  • When you buy a new computer, you usually get software included at no extra cost.
  • This software helps firms archive and retrieve emails.
  • Andrew, can you help me install this software?
  • He's written a piece of software that calculates your tax returns for you.

(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)