Definition of “download” - English Dictionary

“download” in English

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downloadverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˌdaʊnˈləʊd/ /ˈdaʊn.ləʊd/ us /ˈdaʊn.loʊd/


uk /ˈdaʊn.ləʊd/ us /ˈdaʊn.loʊd/

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

“download” in American English

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downloadverb [ T ]

us /ˈdɑʊnˌloʊd/

to copy programs or information to a computer, usually over the Internet

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

“download” in Business English

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downloadverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˌdaʊnˈləʊd/ us /ˈdaʊnˌləʊd/

IT to copy or move programs or information into a computer's memory, especially from the internet or a larger computer, or to be moved in this way:

download a copy/file/document
download sth from sth Software updates can be downloaded from the company's website.
The file will only take a few seconds to download.


uk /ˈdaʊnləʊd/ us IT

[ C ] a computer program or information that has been or can be copied into a computer's memory:

The upgrade will be available as a free download for registered customers.
Subscribers get the magazine as a digital download.

[ U ] the act or process of copying programs or information into a computer's memory:

All of our products will be available for download on our website.

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

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However, in some cases the charges are concealed from consumers and, therefore, they download a subscription without realising it, despite the fact that they only wanted a one-off service.