off·​line ˈȯf-ˈlīn How to pronounce offline (audio)
variants or less commonly off-line
: not connected to or served by a system and especially a computer or telecommunications system
One of the servers is offline.
… we suggest you keep a backup of your digital assets in offline storage, too. This storage can provide some cushioning if your online investment disappears in an instant.The Denver (Colorado) Post
also : done or occurring independently of such a system
our online and offline lives
offline activities/events
Movies and shows can be downloaded via the app for offline viewing. Dan Auty
of a person : not available (as for communication) especially by way of the the Internet
She was having computer trouble, she told him, and would be offline for a while.Mark Warren
off-line adverb

Examples of offline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elevating more desirable forms of online speech could create new incentives for more positive online—and possibly offline—social norms. Billy Perrigo, TIME, 15 Apr. 2024 Plenty of young people dating today have never done so offline. Faith Hill, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2024 The result is always beautiful, textured, and dimensional, and the whole thing feels incredibly offline. Sage Lazzaro, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2024 The two sides are at loggerheads, online and offline. Amy Cassidy, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 The aspect of close-living—of neighborhoods and meeting more people offline—is what is missing from streetwear today. Skylar Mitchell, Essence, 26 Mar. 2024 Some crucial government services that operate over weekends would be offline for a short time. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 Rosneft and Lukoil, the other Russian oil major with facilities targeted this week, both said that the damage was limited even if fires led to some equipment going offline. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2024 However, only the Premium Plus option includes no ads (except for select live TV shows), your local NBC channel and the ability to download and watch select titles offline. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of offline was in 1919

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“Offline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: not connected to or controlled by a computer
an off-line printer
off-line adverb

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