network

noun
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

network

verb
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from network

Verb

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

Synonyms for network

Synonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In essence, a zero-trust environment assumes that the network is not secure. Kevin Korte, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The network that brought us Homonym isn’t sure either. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 15 Sep. 2021 For years, the Haqqani network has been the Taliban’s most capable and ruthless faction, responsible for carrying out many of the war’s bloodiest attacks and running a lucrative kidnap-for-ransom business. Michael Ames, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2021 But Europe's longest network of high-speed railways is not in Italy, Germany or even in France. Ben Jones, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Fifteen of the hijackers were Saudi, as was Osama bin Laden, whose al-Qaida network was behind the attacks. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 4 Sep. 2021 Fifteen of the hijackers were Saudi, as was Osama bin Laden, whose al-Qaida network was behind the attacks. Eric Tucker, ajc, 4 Sep. 2021 Today, the network’s senior leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is Afghanistan’s acting interior minister, and several other members hold powerful posts. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Fifteen of the hijackers were Saudi, as was Osama bin Laden, whose al-Qaida network was behind the attacks. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Career coaches and recruiters recommend that people should actively network. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Setting up a time to network outside the office brought up the conversation of possibly coming in-office for meetings. Celeste Polanco, Essence, 23 Aug. 2021 In her effort to network with physicians, Ludovici attended the Mount Sinai physician lecture series at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. Rosie Colosi, NBC News, 23 June 2021 Smartphones can network information at unprecedented scales, such that a response can be very fast and accurate, but people then need to confirm that information, clarify, and make sense of the information with human interaction. John Drake, Forbes, 21 May 2021 West Wall Street, a vendor marketplace, will feature more than 40 Black and minority-owned businesses that community members can support and network with. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 1 June 2021 This helps employees network with coworkers with similar interests. Yec, Forbes, 25 June 2021 As more college students and recent graduates use TikTok to network and find work, the company has introduced a program allowing people to apply directly for jobs. New York Times, 19 July 2021 Now, with the Lakers, there is a new group to learn from and network through. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 7 July 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'network.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of network

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Buying Guide

Our team at The Usage has selected the best laptops of 2021.

Learn More About network

Time Traveler for network

Time Traveler

The first known use of network was in 1530

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near network

net-winged

network

networking

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for network

Last Updated

22 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Network.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/network. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for network

network

noun

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

network

verb

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

network

noun
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

network

noun
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

More from Merriam-Webster on network

Nglish: Translation of network for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of network for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!