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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That’s quite a wide range of online streaming platforms to access and should cover the needs of most people. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "AMD ReLive review: A stylish video capture tool for Radeon graphics cards," 31 Jan. 2019 With the dawn of the internet and online auctions, collectors were able to connect and exchange items in unprecedented ways, and the hobby only grew. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 The bridal shop carries a range of brands from Lulus to Alfred Sung, with a majority of prices in the $200 range, both online and in the store. Allure, "22 Places to Shop Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses That Look Chic, Not Cheap," 7 Mar. 2019 ThredUp, an online thrift store, accepts used clothes and accessories and gives $5 to charity for every preordered donation bag customers contribute. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "9 New Ways to Donate Your Clothes," 27 Feb. 2019 The online peer-to-peer marketplace also happens to be a treasure trove of amazing vintage fashion finds. Glamour, "The Absolute Best Etsy Stores to Shop Vintage Fashion Right Now," 8 Mar. 2019 Perhaps most kick-ass of all, Kensington Palace goes on to make no mistake that any online trolls who go against these guidelines will feel the repercussions. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kensington Palace Just Made Moves to Tackle Online Abuse Against the Royal Family," 4 Mar. 2019 In the quick online snippet, shared by husband Mike Fisher, Carrie wears a Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover while balancing Jacob in one hand and a yellow balloon in the other. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Share First Video of Their Life With Baby Jacob," 3 Mar. 2019 Authorities in Buenos Aires never confirmed whether or not the girl’s suicide was actually connected to the online game. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "What Is The Momo Challenge on Instagram and YouTube?," 27 Feb. 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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