log on

variants: or less commonly log 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, ˈläg-ˌän \ or less commonly log-in \ˈlȯg-ˌin, ˈläg- \ noun

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Because of the start date of the game, it is listed as the first game in Bonds’ career batting logs on baseball-reference.com. New York Times, "34 Days Later, the Yankees Lose a Game That Was Halted by Rain," 18 June 2018 Brown’s water resources department, the project’s chief overseer and promoter, has been treading a slippery log on this issue for years. George Skelton, latimes.com, "What do Southern Californians really get out of Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels project?," 12 July 2018 When voters logged on to change their address or party affiliation, the system failed to send the updates to the Maryland Board of Elections. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Maryland ballot snafu offers lessons in how to respond to an election hack," 26 June 2018 Someone can, for example, share a post with only a limited group of family and friends, or decide to make a post public so that anyone, including people not logged on to Facebook, can see it. Sheera Frenkel, New York Times, "Facebook Bug Changed Privacy Settings of Up to 14 Million Users," 7 June 2018 LimeBike statistics show some 1,900 rides have been logged on their rentals, Scheer said. Elvia Malagon, chicagotribune.com, "Company could call it quits on Chicago's dockless bike-sharing pilot over city's lock rules," 22 June 2018 For more information log on to babyotterswimschool.com or call 888-794-6543. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "No child is too young to learn swimming safety, instructors say," 16 June 2018 From its review of the temperature logs on the tank, ODH found that the internal temperature of the tank began rising at 2 p.m. March 3 and reached as high as -32 degrees Celsius by March 4. Ginger Christ, cleveland.com, "Investigations at University Hospitals fertility clinic ongoing, unlikely to lose accreditation," 9 May 2018 One drawback is that not everyone logs on so the sample size is smaller. Ivan Moreno, Houston Chronicle, "Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of log on

1962, in the meaning defined above

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