net·​work·​ing | \ ˈnet-ˌwər-kiŋ How to pronounce networking (audio) \

Definition of networking

1 : the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions specifically : the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business networking remains the No. 1 cause of job attainment … — Hal Lancaster
2 : the establishment or use of a computer network He has extensive experience in computer networking and information security.

Examples of networking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In-person events, mixers and networking have all taken a backseat due to safety concerns. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "16 Tech Leaders Share Their Biggest Challenges In 2021," 6 Apr. 2021 Covington police say a 21-year-old woman accused of sharing child pornography via the Tumblr social-networking website is in the Kenton County Detention Center. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Covington police: 21-year-old woman charged with sharing child porn," 6 Apr. 2021 When surfing might also count as networking, word spreads fast. Sheila Marikar, Fortune, "Mexico’s gated communities are providing sweet relief for weary Americans," 4 Apr. 2021 These 400-plus agents announce office exclusives up to the minute in a special networking group, as well as during weekly team meetings, said the spokesperson. Dallas News, "Firm sells homes not found through online searches," 4 Apr. 2021 The bonded in being the youngest delegates by about 20 years, but that just meant better networking for Capaccio. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Jeff Capaccio, Silicon Valley political operative and Italian cultural ambassador, dies of heart attack at 62," 2 Apr. 2021 The networking is instantaneous and can translate easily into the real-life, in-person world. Larry Dvoskin, Rolling Stone, "How Creatives Can Explore and Contribute to Clubhouse," 1 Apr. 2021 The second is oriented around networking: Working editors from around the industry are brought in to guest-teach classes and provide one-on-one mentorship. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "Spotify Has Its Own Clubhouse Now," 30 Mar. 2021 Though some touted the importance of landing job interviews for educational and networking purposes, others say candidates often feel teams bring them in just to probe for information about another team. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "What will it take for NBA to increase number of Black head coaches?," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of networking

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Networking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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