soft ‧ ware S3 W2 /ˈsɒftweə $ ˈsɒːftwer/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]
the sets of programs that tell a computer how to do a particular job ⇨ hardware :
She loaded the new software.
design/anti-virus/database etc software
a software company
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▪ use software
Several companies have already begun using the software.
▪ run software
To run the software, you will need the latest version of Windows.
▪ load/install software
Don't let your kids load pirated games software onto your machine.
▪ download software
Users can download the software without charge.
▪ write/design/develop software
He designs software for an Atlanta-based company.
■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + software
▪ computer software
He is the owner of a computer software company.
▪ anti-virus software
Make sure you have good anti-virus software installed.
▪ business software
He has been training people in the use of business software since 1983.
■ software + NOUN
▪ a software developer/engineer/designer
her job as a software developer
▪ a software package (=a set of programs)
Select a software package which suits your requirements.
▪ a piece of software
This excellent piece of software is compatible with both PCs and Macs.