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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Chet initially distributed the utility as shareware, handing out copies only to members of his local users' group.
▪ It's a popular download from bulletin boards and is one of the best shareware products you can get.
▪ Many of our shareware readers are now ordering discs every month from this section of the magazine.
▪ Search the usual shareware sites for counters if you want to get hold of one.
▪ Some shareware programs are available to reject and delete cookies.
▪ The shareware is free, the full version is $ 20.
▪ The ideal bulletin board is a local call away, with a crowd you like and lots of cool shareware for downloading.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

by 1982, from share (v.) + ware.


n. (context computing English) A type of software that is distributed without payment but is limited in any combination of functionality, availability, or convenience.


n. software that is available free of charge; may be distributed for evaluation with a fee requested for additional features or a manual etc.


Shareware is a type of proprietary software which is provided (initially) free of charge to users, who are allowed and encouraged to make and share copies of the program, which helps to distribute it. Shareware is often offered as a download from an Internet website or as a compact disc included with a magazine.

There are many types of shareware, and while they may not require an initial up-front payment, all are intended to generate revenue in one way or another. Some limit use to personal non- commercial purposes only, with purchase of a license required for use in a business enterprise. The software itself may be limited in functionality or be time-limited. Or it may remind the user that payment would be appreciated.

Shareware is available on all major personal computer platforms. Titles cover a very wide range of categories including: business, software development, education, home, multimedia, design, drivers, games, and utilities. Because of its minimal overhead and low cost, the shareware model is often the only one practical for distributing non-free software for abandoned or orphaned platforms such as the Atari ST and Amiga.

The term shareware is used in contrast to open-source software, in which the source code is available for anyone to inspect and alter, and freeware, which is software distributed at no cost to the user but without source code being made available. Note that two types of shareware, donationware and freemiums, are also types of freeware.

Usage examples of "shareware".

Cheaper, botched fakes were sold or sharewared to low-level gangs of boodler wannabes.

It may be copied, be it in binary or in printed form, and distributed in its original form and content over Bulletin Board Systems and/or other public or private libraries as long as no fee of any kind is charged for it (this also includes the prices for commercially sold Public Domain or Shareware Diskettes or CD ROMs).