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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Other Words from network


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

Synonyms for network

Synonyms: Noun

mesh, net, netting

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Examples of network in a Sentence


He hooked up his computer to the network. The show is getting good ratings for the network.


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

With all games being shown on national networks rather than solely on local channels, the most memorable voices of football are universal. Washington Post, "A look at iconic announcers in NFL history," 23 Aug. 2019 Sanders’ first appearance on the network as a contributor will be Sept. 6, according to Fox. Christina Prignano,, "Sarah Huckabee Sanders to join Fox News as contributor," 22 Aug. 2019 The Buckeyes will take on Florida Atlantic in the first of four games they are scheduled to play on the network this season. Stephen Means,, "Urban Meyer names his best atmosphere in college football: Buckeye Breakfast," 22 Aug. 2019 The card, which officially became available to all US customers on Tuesday, is issued through Goldman Sach (GS)and runs on Mastercard's network. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Apple warns not to keep its credit card by leather. Or denim. Or loose change.," 22 Aug. 2019 Selling remains on the photo-sharing network works much like other informal commerce on the platform. Oscar Schwartz, WIRED, "There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram," 21 Aug. 2019 Her Nation successor, Laura Rutledge, now has a new show on the network and anchors SportsCenter as well as Get Up! Jacob Feldman,, "ESPN Launches Another Network, And Maybe A New Star," 20 Aug. 2019 Sunnova relies on an independent dealer network to sell and install solar systems. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Sunnova reports second quarter losses but more customers and dealers," 20 Aug. 2019 Her products have been featured on Oprah’s network and QVC. Lily Jackson |, al, "Southern foodie Erika Barrett brings her first restaurant home to Mobile," 20 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

These volunteers often network with family and friends to find new homes for their foster pets, increasing the possibility the pet will find a new home. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "What do you do if you have to rehome a pet," 2 Aug. 2019 This event serves as an opportunity for the business community to gather and network with future leaders while supporting for educational development in Harford County., "Harford Chamber Education Foundation awards 12 scholarships, Golden Apple Award to HCPS Teacher of the Year," 26 July 2019 For Joan Trivella, the afternoon was a chance to network with other businesses. Denise Coffey,, "KBA Launches Second Saturdays," 22 July 2019 An important step toward those goals was networking its global fleet of cars, making real-time information such as vehicle location, mileage, fuel information and maintenance alerts available to employees. Agam Shah, WSJ, "Avis Revamps IT to Stay Relevant in Changing Industry," 3 July 2019 There will also be networking opportunities for attendees. William Thornton |, al, "EDPA’s imerge event is going to the moon," 29 July 2019 There will be networking opportunities and a career fair. Max Reyes,, "Weekend agenda," 13 June 2019 The convention was an educational, networking and social event. Beverly Southall,, "Perryville: Lower Ferry Festival coming Aug. 16," 9 Aug. 2019 Operators will have to assess the risks posed by vendors to network security and resilience and ensure those risks are managed appropriately under new framework. Greg Ritchie,, "United Kingdom defers Huawei 5G decision, seeks clarity on US export ban," 22 July 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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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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