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 tolog 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-in (audio) , ˈläg-​ \ noun

Examples of log on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ellen Blackman, an English instructor at the University of South Carolina, is breaking up her days of recording video lectures and logging on to Zoom meetings with Stardew Valley, in which players run a farm in a small town. Matthew Gault, Time, "I'm Gaming My Way Through Quarantine — and That's Nothing to Feel Guilty About," 23 Apr. 2020 Many parents, especially those with younger children, are coming up with new working hours, logging on early in the morning, during naps and then later in the evening post-bedtime. Leah Chernikoff, New York Times, "8 Ways to Set Boundaries Between Work and Kids," 9 Apr. 2020 Many of these apps have age restrictions of 17 and older, but that doesn't stop kids from logging on. Anchorage Daily News, "Apple got more than 1,500 complaints of unwanted sexual approaches on social networking apps," 22 Nov. 2019 An eye-popping 1,100-point drop in the stock market had individual investors scurrying to call their brokers, or log on to their computers to check accounts. Philly.com, "Market swoon on Monday in 'overdue' correction, pros contend," 5 Feb. 2018 Educators want to maintain high standards and motivate students to log on to online school each morning. New York Times, "Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Latest Updates," 29 Apr. 2020 Yesterday, over 12 million gamers logged on to their Fortnite accounts to experience a psychedelic performance from the Houston rapper. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Stormi Crashed Travis Scott’s Live Performance & Stole The Show," 27 Apr. 2020 Its phone lines have been clogged with callers, and workers have been unable to log on to the application system on the agency’s website. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Self-employed, contract workers in Texas face added hurdles in getting unemployment benefits," 24 Apr. 2020 Brewer and Kowalski are among a global surge of people logging on to crowd-working sites due to the economic contagion of Covid-19. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Newly Unemployed, and Labeling Photos for Pennies," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of log on

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of log on was in 1962

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23 May 2020

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“Log on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/log%20on. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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