Definition of download in English:

Share this entry




Pronunciation: /daʊnˈləʊd/
[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 (as adjective downloaded) DRM will limit what you can do with downloaded music and video
More example sentences
  • He obtained the data simply by downloading it from the computer processing the transactions.
  • The main application must be corporate users downloading e-mail to their laptops.
  • You're better off purchasing something simple to use or downloading free software from the internet.


Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊnləʊd/
1An act or process of downloading data: movie downloads were painfully slow [mass noun]: we have music available for free download [as modifier]: download speeds of 200 to 300 kilobits per second
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1A file or set of files that has been downloaded: digital music downloads
More example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • Previously, the MPAA has filed hundreds of suits against individual downloaders.
  • The flip side is the ongoing legal action against downloaders launched last year.
  • Record industry mavens have long wobbled their jowels in fear of illegal downloaders.

Words that rhyme with download

abode, bestrode, bode, code, commode, corrode, encode, erode, explode, forebode, goad, implode, load, lode, middle-of-the-road, mode, node, ode, offload, outrode, road, rode, sarod, Spode, strode, toad, upload, woad

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: down|load

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.