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Dictionary Definition

download v : transfer a file or program from a central computer to a smaller computer or to a computer at a remote location [ant: upload]

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  • italbrac RP /ˌdaʊnˈləʊd/
  • italbrac US /ˈdaʊnˌloʊd/


  1. A file transfer to the local computer, especially one in progress.
    The download took longer than I expected.
  2. A file that has been, or will be transferred in this way.
    I got the download but it wouldn't work on my computer.



file transfer to the local computer


  1. To transfer (computer data, especially as one or more files) from a remote computer (server) to a local computer, usually via a network.
    You can download a trial version of the program for thirty days to determine whether you want to purchase the full version.
  2. In the context of "transitive|nonstandard": upload; to copy a file from a local computer to a remote computer via a network
  3. In the context of "transitive|nonstandard": to transfer a file to or from removable media
    I needed to download photos to a CD-ROM



Derived terms


to transfer data from a remote computer to a local one




Related terms

Extensive Definition

Uploading and downloading are related terms used to describe the transfer of electronic data between two computers or similar systems. More colloquially, they are sometimes applied to transfers to/from removable media such as CDs.


To download is to receive data from a remote or central system, such as a webserver, FTP server, mail server, or other similar systems. A download is any file that is offered for downloading or that has been downloaded. The word's primary usage comes in the form of a verb. Increasingly, websites that offer streaming media or media displayed in-browser, such as YouTube, and which place restrictions on the ability of users to save these materials to their computers after they have been received, say that downloading is not permitted. That is, "download" is used to mean "receive and save" instead of simply "receive".


The opposite operation, to upload, is to send data from a local system to a remote system, FTP server, or website. For example, "Uploading a video to Wikipedia" means sending a video to the website. The difference between uploading and downloading is downloading means to receive and uploading means to send.


When applied to local transfers or copies, for example "Uploading all pictures from the digital camera to the computer" or "Downloading the edited pictures to CD", the "up" and "down" prefixes may be used indifferently, though one convention is to use "uploading" for transfer from a smaller to a larger storage medium and "downloading" for transfer from a larger to a smaller storage medium.


download in Danish: Downloade
download in German: Herunterladen
download in Esperanto: Elŝuto
download in Spanish: Descargar (archivos)
download in Persian: بارگذاری
download in French: Téléchargement
download in Indonesian: Unduh dan muat
download in Italian: Scaricamento
download in Japanese: ダウンロード
download in Korean: 업로드와 다운로드
download in Dutch: Downloaden
download in Polish: Download
download in Portuguese: Download
download in Romanian: Încărcare şi descărcare
download in Simple English: Download
download in Slovenian: Downloadanje
download in Thai: อัปโหลด และ ดาวน์โหลด
download in Urdu: زیراثقال و زبراثقال
download in Vietnamese: Tải dữ liệu trên mạng
download in Chinese: 上載和下載
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