Definition of upload in English:



[WITH OBJECT]Computing
  • Transfer (data) from one computer to another, typically to one that is larger or remote from the user or functioning as a server.

    ‘you can upload your prepared text’
    Compare with download
    ‘software is uploaded and downloaded’
    • ‘We are continuing to collect evidence every day against people who are still uploading music illegally, despite all the warnings we have given.’
    • ‘You capture all the information, and that information would be uploaded to a big database.’
    • ‘I just tried it out, uploading a few short movies I took on my digital camera.’
    • ‘The first draft of the standards to be used in business valuations has been uploaded onto the Internet.’
    • ‘First, the application did not check or restrict the types of file that could be uploaded.’
    • ‘All the files from my laptop and home desktop are now uploaded.’
    • ‘There are obviously certain constraints on content so each entry will be checked before it is uploaded to the website.’
    • ‘These music creations can then be uploaded onto the Internet and distributed globally.’
    • ‘Within 24 hours of uploading his catalogue to the database he had received his first enquiry.’
    • ‘Obviously, this describes building a very simple web site and uploading it to the Internet.’
    • ‘It is much faster at downloading than uploading, but the download speed is not enough for TV quality video.’
    • ‘I went home and uploaded them on my computer and one of the photos included the thing I saw.’
    • ‘Starting on day four we began reviewing the acceptable scenes and uploading them to the computer.’
    • ‘More pages and images will be uploaded over the coming days.’
    • ‘Once the images were uploaded to the computer, it took no longer than 30 minutes to edit it and add the effects.’
    • ‘There is not enough proof that these particular files were uploaded.’
    • ‘The search function, located on the home page, will locate any item that has been uploaded to the web page.’
    • ‘The next time the program connected to the Internet to send mail, it uploaded the log file.’
    • ‘The major benefit of broadband service over dial up service is the website uploading speed.’
    • ‘If anyone likes taking pictures of portraits of small objects with landscapes and portraits depicted on them would they mind uploading them onto my homepage?’
    transmit, convey, communicate
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  • 1An act or process of uploading data.

    ‘they are also adding the ability to pause an upload if you need to go off and do something else’
    [mass noun] ‘the site allowed the upload of videos’
    • ‘The fast upload speed would suit businesses transferring large documents such as contracts or software code.’
    • ‘The upload took about 2 minutes over my broadband connection.’
    • ‘As mentioned before, each has its own file upload section and message board.’
    • ‘Just sign up for an account and use our upload tool to send your videos to Google.’
    • ‘Within a day I had exceeded my free upload limit and needed to buy a larger account.’
    • ‘Broadband users value fast upload speeds as well as fast download speeds.’
    • ‘The upload took a couple of hours.’
    • ‘For example, in just the past 2 years my download and upload speeds have increased five fold.’
    • ‘Andrew attempted to start the upload of Gem River only to discover that he could only upload one game at a time per client.’
    • ‘Users can continue to use the web-based file upload utility gratis, but this can be slow, reader Helen Cain points out.’
    • ‘For some reason I could see only the spellchecker and the image upload buttons on the editing toolbar.’
    • ‘The only way to add more than one photo at once is to select each photo individually in separate upload fields.’
    • ‘Upload speed is vital because you can send video and audio only as quickly as your upload speed, not your download.’
    1. 1.1A file or set of files that has been uploaded.
      ‘an upload of the track is streaming below’
      • ‘The same photo can be found in the Mobile Uploads section of her Facebook page.’
      • ‘In a new Instagram upload, the singer-songwriter teased fans with a new record with the caption: Something New.’
      • ‘An earlier upload of this episode accidentally cut off the last few minutes of discussion.’
      • ‘His front page is slightly misleading, all the images are recent uploads of the same subject.’
      • ‘Watch the most recent upload from the Anon channel on YouTube.’
      • ‘Our newest batch of uploads are ready for your listening pleasure.’
      • ‘I was really confused when I checked twitter and saw all those strange uploads.’
      • ‘The original upload has currently amassed some 312.6 million views.’