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

intransitive verb

: to engage in networking

Other Words from network


networker \ ˈnet-​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce network (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mandiant said the network now operates in seven languages and across 30 platforms, sometimes posting content on one that leads viewers to another. Joseph Menn, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 Well, lucky for you, the alphabet network is about to answer this question with a brand-new TV show — The Rookie: Feds. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 27 June 2022 The network includes The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the first camp founded by Paul, in 1988. David Hessekiel, Forbes, 27 June 2022 But then the network went into breaking news coverage, commercial free, for four straight hours. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 24 June 2022 The broadcast network will launch four new shows and 18 returning series with a rollout that starts in Premiere Week, on Monday, Sept. 19. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 June 2022 Like gold, the bitcoin network is outside the control of any political entity. Max Raskin, WSJ, 22 June 2022 The evidence shows that the news network a voter chooses to trust may have something to do with that knowledge gap, even more than their education level. David Paleologos, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 The network maintains its denial of Francis’s allegations. Fortune, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Posting forums online are a great way to network virtually and expand your reach beyond in-person meetings. Elie Y. Katz, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Bureau rules bar agents from retaining informants who engage in violent crimes, and propagandists often network among like-minded extremists while not getting their hands dirty. Ali Winston, Rolling Stone, 5 June 2022 The candidates will have opportunities to network with owners and other executives, and will participate in workshops that include the business of football, partnering with the media, branding, a roundtable session with owners, and more. Ben Volin,, 21 May 2022 So, yes, professionals will network in-person again but virtual conferencing — in video, audio and even augmented reality — is here to stay. Katy Finneran, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Look for opportunities to network within and across industries, including ways to share and contribute to others’ learning. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Other Barriers to Entry: Besides financial support, other barriers to entry include operational support and opportunities to network with other women. Laura Begley Bloom, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Being able to network, to meet a lot of different people from a lot of different places. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Not too far down this path of community building comes the need to network across multiple sectors, such as non-profit, government, healthcare, private individuals and corporations. The Hunger Coalition, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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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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