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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Giving people backup tokens essentially amounts to holding a do-over election, since anyone would be able to log on and change their votes after the fact. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Blockchain-based elections would be a disaster for democracy," 6 Nov. 2018 But despite these many projects, there are more roadblocks than just logging on. Troy Farah, Discover Magazine, "The Web, Worldwide," 19 Oct. 2018 Service slowed dramatically when too many people logged on. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Why Wi-Fi Isn’t Free on Airlines," 25 July 2018 The mixup was the result of a bug that automatically suggested posts be set to public, meaning the posts could be viewed by anyone, including people not logged on to Facebook. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Facebook privacy goof makes posts by 14 million users readable to anyone," 8 June 2018 Want to log on to twitter and NOT have #PrinceHarry kidnap your feed? Josie Colt, WIRED, "How to Not Watch the Royal Wedding," 18 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of log on

1962, in the meaning defined above

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