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.
Recent Examples on the Web The ascendancy of online stores ate into retail strips, and left malls pockmarked or abandoned. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The Perpetual Disappointment of Remote Work," 4 Jan. 2021 Google went down briefly in December, with people in several countries briefly unable to access their Gmail accounts, watch YouTube videos or get to their online documents during an outage Monday. Arkansas Online, "Slack kicks off 2021 with a global outage," 4 Jan. 2021 There are more online options than ever before, and easy ways to find out what credits will transfer. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Here’s how to cut your winter or spring college tuition bill; sign up for transfer credits - That’s Rich! short," 3 Jan. 2021 Devoted readers are already picking it apart in various online comments departments. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Fans of the book are picking apart ‘The Watch.’ But it’s a colorful, energetic treat," 3 Jan. 2021 California’s agricultural water markets — a mosaic of online exchanges connecting farmers and water brokers — are considered a potential model for the West: fast, flexible and responsive to extreme weather. New York Times, "Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado’s Water," 3 Jan. 2021 The driver, 25-year-old Brian McGee, fled the area and did not stop to help the pedestrian, the Anchorage Police Department wrote in an online statement. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Pedestrian on Glenn Highway dies after being struck by vehicle, police say," 3 Jan. 2021 The Ski Area capacity has transitioned into a new online reservation system, assuring that capacity will be better managed. Gerry Frank | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Extra safety precautions make winter getaways possible at 2 Oregon lodges: Gerry Frank’s picks," 2 Jan. 2021 People rushed to University Health’s online portal to book appointments. Liz Hardaway,, "University Health appeals for ‘patience’ as it awaits more doses of COVID vaccine," 2 Jan. 2021

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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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7 Jan 2021

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“Online.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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