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To use or program a computer

access

verb

to get information, especially from a computer

archive

verb

to collect and store computer files in an archive

back up

to make a copy of information on your computer

block

verb

to mark a piece of writing or other information on a computer screen so you can do something with it

bootstrap

verb

to use the output of one piece of software as input to another, so that the results of the first process help to improve the results of the next one, and so on

browse

verb

to look for information on a computer, especially on the Internet

burn

verb

if you burn a CD-ROM, you put information onto it

burn in

to use a piece of software continuously to check for problems

call up

to make information in a computer appear on the screen

capture

verb

to put information or pictures into a form that can be used by a computer

code

verb

to write instructions for a computer

compile

verb

to use a computer program to change a set of instructions in a programming language into a form that can be used directly by a computer

compress

verb

to reduce the size of a computer file using a special program so that it can be stored using less space

computerise

a British spelling of computerize

computerize

verb

to use computers to do a particular job or kind of work

concatenate

verb

to put two or more computer files or pieces of computer information together in order to form a single unit

configure

verb

to arrange the parts of something, especially the software of a computer, so that it works in the way you want it to

connect up

to make it possible for someone to communicate using a computer network

copy

verb

to make a copy of a piece of computer data, such as a piece of writing or a program

cut

verb

to remove a part of a computer document, especially in order to paste it into another place or document

cut over

to move information or users of a computer system to a new place or to new equipment at the same time or in an order that causes as few problems as possible

cut and paste

verb

to move a piece of writing from one place in a computer file to another place

debug

verb

to look for and remove mistakes from a computer program so that it works correctly

decompress

verb

to change a compressed computer file back to its full size

defrag

verb

to defragment a computer

defragment

verb

to carry out an operation on a computer that puts all the files together and all the free space together, so that the computer operates faster

delete

verb

to remove information stored in a computer

deliver

verb

to make a computer program available

deselect

verb

to give a computer an instruction not to do something, usually one of a list of things it could do

digitise

a British spelling of digitize

digitize

verb

to change pictures or other information into electronic signals

download

verb

to move information to your computer from another computer system or the Internet

drill down

to organize data (=computer information) according to different levels of detail, each level more detailed than the previous one

dump

verb

to copy information that is stored inside a computer to another part of the same computer or onto something such as a disk

edit

verb

to make changes to a computer file on screen

embed

verb

to make images, sound, or computer software a part of other software

encode

verb

to change information or instructions into a form that a computer can use

encrypt

verb

to put information into code (=a system of words, numbers, or symbols that hides its real meaning)

erase

verb

to remove all the information stored on a computer disk, or all the sound or pictures recorded on a tape

execute

verb

to make a computer use a program or carry out an instruction

export

verb

to copy information from a computer system so it can be stored in another part of the computer or in a different form

format

verb

to prepare a computer disk so that information can be stored on it

format

verb

to arrange written material into a particular format, especially in a computer file

hack

verb

to use a computer to connect to someone else’s computer secretly and often illegally, so that you can find or change information on it

highlight

verb

to mark a word, picture, file etc on a computer screen, usually before changing it or copying it

hook up

if you hook up to a place or to the Internet, or if you hook something up, you become connected to it through your computer

imbed

another spelling of embed

import

verb

to move information from one file or program into another

initialize

verb

to prepare a piece of computer equipment or software for use

install

verb

to put a new program or piece of software into a computer so that you can use it

interrogate

verb

to get information from a computer by using a special program

jailbreak

verb

to unlock the operating system of a mobile phone or other device that uses iOS so that it can run software it is not normally authorized to use because of restrictions imposed by the manufacturer

keep

verb

to store information by writing it or putting it into a computer

link

verb

to connect computers so that information can be sent between them

link (someone/something) up

to connect computers or computer systems so that electronic messages can be sent between them

load

verb

to put information or a program into a computer

lock

verb

to prevent information on a computer from being changed or looked at by someone who does not have permission

manipulate

verb

to change, correct, or move information stored on a computer

migrate

verb

to start to use a different computer system, or to make someone do this

migrate

verb

to move software or hardware to a different computer system

minimize

verb

to make a computer program appear as only a small picture on your computer screen when you are not using it

morph

verb

to gradually change one image into another using computer technology, or to be changed in this way

nest

verb

to put information inside a computer program that contains other information of the same type

network

verb

to connect computers together so that each computer can send and receive information to and from the other computers

output

verb

to produce information from a computer, for example by showing it on a screen or by printing it

overload

verb

to give a computer more information than it can process

overwrite

verb

to get rid of information in a computer file by replacing it with other information

paste

verb

to move words, pictures etc on a computer screen from one place to another

pinch

verb

when using a touch screen, to bring your index finger and thumb together or move them apart in order to move things on the screen

ping

verb

to send a message from one computer to another to test whether or not you can reach it or whether or not it is working

plug into

if you plug into a larger computer system, your computer becomes connected to it and you can get information from it

populate

verb

to add information to a computer file, for example to a database

pre-program

verb

to give a computer, vcr, or other machine a set of instructions so that it will do what you want later

print out

to produce a copy of a computer document from a printer

process

verb

to put information into a computer in order to organize it

program

verb

to give a series of instructions to a computer or other piece of equipment so that it will do something automatically

pull off

to take information from one computer and put it onto another

reformat

verb

to change the format of information (=the way it is stored and organized), especially information on a computer

resize

verb

to make something a different size, especially a shape on a computer screen

retrieve

verb

to find information that is stored in a computer in order to use it again

retry

verb

to try to perform a computer operation again

rewrite

verb

to make changes to something such as a computer program

rip

verb

to copy music from a website or CD to a computer or hand-held device

root

verb

to unlock the operating system of a mobile phone or other device that uses Android OS so that it can run software it is not normally authorized to use because of restrictions imposed by the manufacturer

run

verb

to start or to use a computer program

save

verb

to make a computer keep information that you have put into it

scan

verb

to use a piece of equipment to read and store information in digital form

scrape

verb

to use a computer program to copy data from a website

search

verb

to use a computer to look for information, especially on the Internet

select

verb

to choose something on a computer screen, usually from a menu (=list) of choices

spool

verb

to move information for printing into a computer’s memory so that it can print later and not slow down the computer

store

verb

to save information in electronic form, for example in a computer’s memory

stream

verb

to play video or sound on a computer or mobile device by getting it as a continuous stream rather than having to download it; to provide data in this way

sync

verb

to make sure that a computer has an exact copy of the data on something such as a mobile phone or mp3 player by using software that compares data and copies or removes it

support

verb

to provide information and material to keep a computer system or program working

swipe

verb

to pass a plastic card through a piece of electronic equipment that reads the information stored on the card, for example in order to open a door or to pay for something

swipe

verb

to move your finger across the screen of a smartphone or tablet

tap

verb

to touch the screen of a mobile device in order to make something happen

tile

verb

to arrange different windows on a computer screen so that you can see all of them next to one another

translate

verb

to change information in one computer program or language into a form that can be used by a different program or language

undelete

verb

to make information that has been removed from a computer exist again

undo

verb

to give a computer an instruction to ignore the last change that you made to a document

uninstall

verb

to remove a program or piece of software from a computer, especially using a special program

unpack

verb

to increase the size of a file to its original size after it has been reduced using a computer program

unzip

verb

to increase the size of a file to its original size after it has been reduced, using a computer program

upgrade

verb

to make a computer or other machine more powerful or effective

view

verb

to look at information on a computer screen

web-enable

verb

to make a piece of electronic equipment or software able to connect to the Internet

wipe

verb

to remove information from a computer disk or from a video or audio tape

write

verb

to create a computer program

zip

verb

to compress a computer document so that it fills less space and can be stored more easily or sent by email more quickly

beta-test

verb

hyperlink

verb

emoji

a small digital image … which is used in electronic communication to express emotion or other simple concepts

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major on (doing) sth

to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

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