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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The rating comes in contrast to the sub-1 million number registered for the April 18 Barber opener (921,000), the lowest rating for an IndyCar season-opener shown on network TV since at least 2016. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar ratings rebound at St. Pete with most-watched non-Indy 500 afternoon race on NBC," 28 Apr. 2021 Apple in 2010 launched its own ad network, iAd, which facilitated ad sales in iPhone apps. Patience Haggin, WSJ, "Apple’s Privacy Changes Are Poised to Boost Its Ad Products," 27 Apr. 2021 Three of the seven Stanley Cup finals during the concurrent agreements will be broadcast on Turner’s TNT network, which has enjoyed tremendous success with basketball. Andrew Knoll, New York Times, "N.H.L. and Turner Sports Reach 7-Year Media Rights Deal," 27 Apr. 2021 The acquisition will add nine home health and 11 hospice locations to Encompass’ Health national network of more than 340. William Thornton |, al, "Encompass acquiring western home health, hospice company," 27 Apr. 2021 Once a transaction is made, it's entered on this public ledger, which is managed by a global peer-to-peer network — millions of computers, in bitcoin's case. Allison Morrow, CNN, "A beginner's guide to crypto lingo," 26 Apr. 2021 That game was broadcast on network TV, drawing record ratings for an MLS opener on ABC, and Lletget’s girlfriend, pop star Becky G, performed the national anthem before kickoff. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "MLS suspends Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget for homophobic slur," 23 Apr. 2021 Back in the days when network TV ruled the land, CBS spent most of the medium’s first quarter century absolutely dominating its rivals, before falling from grace starting in the late 1970s. Josef Adalian, Vulture, "The Netflix Subscriber Slowdown Isn’t Really a Problem (Yet)," 22 Apr. 2021 In 2021, IndyCar will have a record nine of 17 races on network TV. Nathan Brown, USA TODAY, "IndyCar storylines to watch in 2021: Team Penske contracts, Jimmie Johnson's debut, return of Bump Day," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The mPOA tosses long nerve fibers, called axons, like lassos hither and yon to network with other important brain clumps. Dina Litovsky, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Motherhood," 22 Apr. 2021 By contrast, men tend to network via activities, be that drinks after work or playing sport. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, "Why Are Our Networks Shrinking During Covid-19?," 17 Apr. 2021 Chinese developers aim to network hypersonic weapons into a smart swarm for coordinated attacks. David Hambling, Forbes, "China Developing Hypersonic Swarms To Overwhelm Missile Defenses," 18 Mar. 2021 The new meth treatment study was funded by the NIDA, a division of the National Institutes of Health, and conducted in the clinical trials network the institute oversees. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, "Meth has devastated the gay community for decades. A new treatment offers hope.," 23 Feb. 2021 Select students will receive scholarships from Amazon Music and the opportunity to network with members of the music industry, including Amazon Music executives and members of the Black Music Collective. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Amazon Music & Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective Team to Aid Students At Historically Black Colleges & Universities," 22 Feb. 2021 The app cuts out the need for additional equipment and allows people to simply network. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "How the internet's latest obsession went from amusing to a hot mess," 5 Feb. 2021 Board members get board fees, stock in the company, the chance to network with other board members and advise the CEO. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Debra Lee Unveils The Monarchs Collective to Elevate Black Executives, Women," 19 Jan. 2021 The Texas college student plans to network around the state capital before and after his vote for Mr. Trump. John Mccormick, WSJ, "Meet the Electoral College, America’s Most Important Voters," 13 Dec. 2020

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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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“Network.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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