download (v.) is the act of copying data from a remote server to your computer or device. Conceptually, servers on the internet, or in “the cloud“, are viewed as being “up there” somewhere. While “up there” is so exceptionally vague as to be meaningless, it does at least imply a difference in altitude: the device in front of you sits, conceptually, lower than remote servers or services on the internet. Thus data is copied “down” from those servers to your machine. Conversely, copying data from your computer or device to an internet server is considered an upload.

download (n.) a file that has been downloaded.

download (Wikipedia)
Down-looking arrow over a flat surface (a line)
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Down-looking arrow over a shape representing a hard disk drive (a long horizontal rectangle with a tiny hollow in the bottom left corner)
Three generic symbols for downloading

In computer networks, download means to receive data from a remote system, typically a server such as a web server, an FTP server, an email server, or other similar system. This contrasts with uploading, where data is sent to a remote server. A download is a file offered for downloading or that has been downloaded, or the process of receiving such a file.

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