on·​line | \ ˈȯn-ˈlīn How to pronounce online (audio) , ˈän-ˈlīn How to pronounce online (audio) \

Definition of online

: connected to, served by, or available through a system and especially a computer or telecommunications system (such as the Internet) an online database also : done while connected to such a system online shopping online games online searching

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Examples of online in a Sentence

The city libraries are all online. He likes to engage in online chats.
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First Known Use of online

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of online was in 1950

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12 Feb 2020

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“Online.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of online

: connected to a computer, a computer network, or the Internet
: done over the Internet


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on·​line | \ ˈȯn-ˌlīn How to pronounce online (audio) , ˈän- \

Kids Definition of online

: connected to, directly controlled by, or available through a computer system an online database working online

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