Definition of shareware in English:



  • [mass noun] Software that is available free of charge and often distributed informally for evaluation, after which a fee may be requested for continued use.

    • ‘Stay away from shareware and freeware until you're no longer a novice.’
    • ‘What may at first appear to be shareware or legitimate licensed software can, unfortunately, often turn out to not be so.’
    • ‘Today, myriad inexpensive quality postscript alphabets are easily accessible on home computers for free or as shareware on the Internet.’
    • ‘There are commercial products, shareware, freeware, open source, and even hardware products.’
    • ‘A range of software, shareware and applications emerge nearly every other day from different corners of the Tamil speaking world.’