log on

verb
variants: or less commonly log in
logged on also logged in; logging on also ; logging in; logs on also logs in

Definition of log on

intransitive verb

: to establish communication and initiate interaction with a computer or system When you log on, you are taken to your "slimming apartment"; it's a virtual world, kind of like the Sims game …— Gill Sutherland … that voters from Iowa, New Hampshire, and Ohio will see different pages when they log in.— Dana Milbank often used with to log in to the mainframeAfter a hellish day at work or spat with your guy, you log on to Facebook …— Jessica Knoll often written as log onto and log into … a so-called portal, the site that greets users when they first log onto the Internet.— Katie Hafner… almost seven million paying subscribers, who can log into the game and interact with other players.— Seth Schiesel

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Other Words from log on

log-on \ ˈlȯg-​ˌȯn How to pronounce log on (audio) , ˈläg-​ˌän \ or less commonly log-in \ ˈlȯg-​ˌin How to pronounce log on (audio) , ˈläg-​ \ noun

Examples of log on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web SMEs can lock down user identity, devices, and networks from the moment users log on and give users the tools to be an effective link of the security chain. Rajat Bhargava, Forbes, "Securing SMEs Post-Pandemic: Four Ways To Improve Security For Remote And Hybrid Workforces," 12 Apr. 2021 Yadav expects a fair amount of resentment from members of the public who log on April 19 expecting a wealth of available appointments, only to find a few or none. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Like scoring Elvis tickets: Biden has vowed vaccine eligibility for all as of April 19. Can you snag a spot when the floodgates open?," 7 Apr. 2021 And some families don’t have the digital skills to log on in the first place. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, "Texas’ push to expand broadband access gains traction," 26 Mar. 2021 More than 2,500 people are expected to log on for the festivities streaming live on Facebook and YouTube. Tatyana Turner, baltimoresun.com, "What does a ‘culturally equitable’ city look like? Baltimore’s upcoming first Black Artist Fair offers hints.," 27 Apr. 2021 For all the fuss about Zoom, no one has really tackled the issue of patients having to log on post-op. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Demand for Plastic Surgery Is Booming Despite an Ongoing Pandemic. Why?," 27 Oct. 2020 Within minutes of a post about an emergency like a traffic accident, a member with firsthand knowledge of the victim will usually log on and give an update. NBC News, "In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void," 5 Apr. 2021 One of the first things that Mackey does each morning is log on to Facebook. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Nathaniel Mackey’s Long Song," 5 Apr. 2021 Don’t push products and services—people don’t log on to Clubhouse to buy things. Rhett Power, Forbes, "How To Use Clubhouse To Expand Your Influence," 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of log on

1962, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2021

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“Log on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/log%20on. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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