on·line | \ ˈȯn-ˈlīn , ˈän-ˈlīn \

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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The World Wide Web is about to reach an amazing and terrible milestone: soon, 50 percent of the world’s population will be online. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Accountability for the Algorithms," 13 July 2018 Buy Photo The impending closure of the Art Institute of Philadelphia is forcing students to decide whether to move hundreds of miles away to attend another campus, finish their degrees online, or go to a new university. Annabelle Williams,, "Art Institute of Philadelphia closing leaves students and employees with hard decisions," 12 July 2018 The website is no longer online and can be viewed only in archived versions. New York Times, "Border Agent Who Questioned Reporter Is Investigated for Computer Misuse," 12 July 2018 Last week LimeBike expressed its displeasure with the still-restrictive rules by launching an online petition urging the city to raise the number of wheel-lock bikes allowed and expand the pilot area. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "So long Ofo: Bike-share company is leaving Chicago because of lock requirements," 9 July 2018 Landlords are also expected to take a class, either online or in person, which costs $22. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin considers rental license fee increase for landlords," 3 July 2018 Search for recipes online and store shrubs in airtight bottles. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Mocktail recipes: How to make tasty non-alcoholic drinks for your Fourth of July party," 3 July 2018 Trina Turk In stores and online, take an additional 40 percent off sale items until Thursday, July 5. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "All the 4th of July Sales Worth Shopping This Year," 3 July 2018 As part of the deal, LaBa360 logos and branding will also be seen around Turf Moor, as well as on Burnley's online and social media platforms at home and abroad., "Burnley Announce New Club Record Sponsorship Deal With LaBa360 Ahead of 2018/19 Season," 2 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of online

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

: done over the Internet

on·line | \ ˈȯn-ˌlīn , 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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