net·​work | \ ˈnet-ˌwərk How to pronounce network (audio) \

Definition of network

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fabric or structure of cords or wires that cross at regular intervals and are knotted or secured at the crossings … ribbons, lace and embroidery wrought together in a most curious piece of network— Joseph Addison
2 : a system of lines or channels resembling a network a telephone network a network of blood vessels
3a : an interconnected or interrelated chain, group, or system a network of hotels
b : a system of computers and peripherals that are able to communicate with each other
4a : a group of radio or television stations linked by wire or radio relay
b : a radio or television company that produces programs for broadcast over such a network sold the show to a big network
5 : a usually informally interconnected group or association of persons (such as friends or professional colleagues) a support network available to single mothers a network of bird watchers


networked; networking; networks

Definition of network (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with or as if with a network a continent … so networked with navigable rivers and canalsLamp
2 chiefly British : to distribute for broadcast on a television network also : broadcast sense 3
3 : to join (things, such as computers) in a network

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networker \ ˈnet-​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce networker (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for network

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of network in a Sentence

Noun He hooked up his computer to the network. The show is getting good ratings for the network. Verb The computers are networked to one main server. She spent the day networking with other executives.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to a recent report from The Athletic, the TV networks may be paying up to 50 percent more than their current rates for the rights to the NFL, which has become the only reliable ratings-earner in all of television. Ben Volin,, "Why signing Tom Brady to a multi-year deal makes sense for the Patriots," 12 Jan. 2020 One thing a supplier can do is build a device that sits in the network to monitor and block inappropriate traffic. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "State of the Anti-Car-Hacking Art from New Companies Trying to Protect Your Data," 12 Jan. 2020 Roenick was suspended by the network after appearing on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast and discussing colleagues Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "NBC Sports hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick apologizes for inappropriate comments," 11 Jan. 2020 ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke is sticking by the network's decision to cast Sean Spicer on the most recent season of Dancing With the Stars, Entertainment Tonight reports. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "ABC President Defends Network's Decision to Cast Sean Spicer In 'DWTS'," 9 Jan. 2020 If this router operates like its tri-band Wi-Fi 5 counterpart, one of the two 5GHz networks will be used for dedicated wireless backhaul. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "Linksys touts Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers at CES," 7 Jan. 2020 Even though statewide results are what the TV networks emphasize on primary nights, most Democratic convention delegates will be chosen by congressional districts. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden wants to be a normal president in a highly abnormal age.," 6 Jan. 2020 This didn’t stop the networks from broadcasting rolling reports on his non-demise: Franco was in critical condition, Franco was responding to treatment, Franco had taken a turn for the worse. Giles Harvey, The New Yorker, "Why a Champion of Reparative Justice Turned on the Cause," 6 Jan. 2020 The network leases space on systems put in place by the Colorado Department of Transportation, CenturyLink and others. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Tired of waiting for broadband, rural communities are tapping grants, partnerships to get modern internet," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Professor Kirstein fashioned his pivotal role in computer networking the old-fashioned way: through human connections. Katie Hafner, New York Times, "Peter Kirstein, Father of the European Internet, Is Dead at 86," 8 Jan. 2020 Wilson is taking a leave of absence from the Atlantic Council think tank and the nonprofit Global Minnesota networking organization to run the embassy in Kabul until a permanent ambassador is nominated, the State Department official said. Lara Jakes,, "US envoy to Afghanistan steps down on cusp of new peace deal," 6 Jan. 2020 Don’t miss this year’s Annual Holiday Party & Auction, the Chamber’s largest networking party with food, fun and more. Holly Baumbach,, "Things to do in Chicago today | Dec. 12," 12 Dec. 2019 For example, networking contacts mostly don’t need to know about the recovery, unless there’s a logical reason. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: Difficult (work-based) conversations during recovery," 7 Dec. 2019 Morning talks about the 15th annual How to Do Business with GOAA networking conference for small businesses on Dec. 12. Hal Boedeker,, "Orlando International Airport: WFTV explores growth, construction," 5 Dec. 2019 As part of the program, live events featuring panel discussions, access to experts, networking opportunities and more will be held on Monday evenings in cities across the country. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "A2IM Launches New Program Designed to Empower Independent Music Creators," 2 Dec. 2019 Moreover, if the rat study is correct, networking human brains might enhance performance. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans," 29 Oct. 2019 Now in its ninth year, #WeAllGrow is a Latina content marketing brand and networking community that hosts annual conferences. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "How Ana Flores built a career on uniting Latina entrepreneurs," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of network


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of network was in 1530

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15 Jan 2020

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“Network.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of network

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a system of lines, wires, etc., that are connected to each other
: a system of computers and other devices (such as printers) that are connected to each other
: a group of people or organizations that are closely connected and that work with each other



English Language Learners Definition of network (Entry 2 of 2)

: to connect (computers) in a way that allows information and equipment to be shared
: to talk with people whose jobs are similar to yours especially for business opportunities or advice


net·​work | \ ˈnet-ˌwərk How to pronounce network (audio) \

Kids Definition of network

1 : an arrangement of things forming a pattern with spaces between a network of roads
2 : a system of computers connected by communications lines
3 : a group of connected radio or television stations


net·​work | \ ˈnet-ˌwərk How to pronounce network (audio) \

Medical Definition of network

1 : a fabric or structure of cords or wires that cross at regular intervals and are knotted or secured at the crossings
2 : a system of lines or channels resembling a network a network of veins

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