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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Square has had great timing: investors have been eagerly buying payment company stocks, encouraged by the mega-shift toward online commerce and electronic transactions. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Jack Dorsey says now is our chance to build a global currency for the internet," 14 June 2019 But Bogard’s lawyer, Michael Morris, minimized Bogard’s online activity and videos. Guillermo Contreras,, "Was Benjamin Bogard mobilizing for mass violence or just spouting online rhetoric?," 14 June 2019 As well as complaining about the slurs themselves, Mr Maza said he had been subjected to online harassment by some of Mr Crowder’s many followers. The Economist, "The unacknowledged legislators of the online world," 14 June 2019 The other sessions will dive deeper into campaign operations, online strategy, messaging and fundraising. Abigail Abrams, Time, "People With Disabilities Face Challenges Campaigning for Office. This Group Wants to Change That," 13 June 2019 Louise Matsakis covers Amazon, internet law, and online culture for WIRED. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Bridging the Internet's Digital Language Divide," 13 June 2019 Designed for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs, the 10-week program will be a combination of classroom and online instruction. Houston Chronicle, "BakerRipley taking applications for 10-week entrepreneurship program," 12 June 2019 Microsoft has remained silent on the matter other than removing Huawei’s laptops from sale in its online store. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Huawei reportedly postpones planned laptop launch," 12 June 2019 The shop opened its doors May 18, and has seen a decent amount of foot traffic and plenty of online support. Cody Boteler,, "New toy store on Frederick Road aims to build a 'Better World'," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of online

1950, in the meaning defined above

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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 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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