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 Lessons were supposed to be taught in tandem, but on the first day back, when students at home and their counterparts at school tried to log on to Google Meet, the computers at school overloaded the system and crashed. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Students left behind: The effects of school closures one year on," 24 Mar. 2021 Every day at least 80 people log on and play in the Fort Lauderdale games. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Bridge club finesses from Holiday Park to cyberspace, offers classes online," 16 Mar. 2021 The sale of the Musk NFT is taking place on Valuables, a site that requires users to log on via Twitter before listing an item or bidding. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Elon Musk announces a plan to sell a tweet as an NFT: Bidding tops $1 million," 16 Mar. 2021 In the District, tens of thousands have tried to log on over the past two weeks whenever a few thousand appointments become available, often overwhelming the system. Washington Post, "D.C. coronavirus vaccine registration website falters again, despite assurances," 5 Mar. 2021 Gaps in access to the internet were a national problem long before the pandemic, creating one of the biggest signifiers of inequity in education based on who could or could not log on. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "This Utah school district has built its own internet service so students can log on from home," 17 Jan. 2021 School officials had created a new way for students and teachers to log on to its learning management system, Schoology, and Google platforms. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "‘Business as usual’: Despite some problems, Baltimore County schools resume online lessons after ransomware attack," 2 Dec. 2020 Some districts also tape-record lessons and post them online for families to watch in the evening, in case students were unable to log on during the day. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "Fewer high-needs and minority students showing up to school in Connecticut amid coronavirus surge," 27 Nov. 2020 Only now, the 6- and 7-year-olds in Bowling’s class log on from their homes, many still donning pajamas. USA Today, "Students are struggling to read behind masks and screens during COVID, but ‘expectations are no different’," 7 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of log on

1962, in the meaning defined above

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29 Mar 2021

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“Log on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/log%20on. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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