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soft•ware /ˈsɔftˌwɛr, ˈsɑft-/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable;
used with a singular verb]
    • programs for directing a computer or processing electronic data (distinguished from hardwarehardware).
  1. any material requiring the use of equipment, esp. audiovisual material such as film, tapes, or records.

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software /ˈsɒftˌwɛə/ n
  1. the programs that can be used with a particular computer system
    Compare hardware

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