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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Other Words from online

online adverb

Examples of online in a Sentence

The city libraries are all online. He likes to engage in online chats.
Recent Examples on the Web Lin Chen is a second-generation Asian American and the founder and CEO behind Pink Moon, an online retailer that carries more than 20 different beauty and wellness brands—all of which are female-founded. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "8 sales you can shop to support the Asian American community right now," 10 Apr. 2021 On Friday, the FBI Detroit office and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit held an online meeting with about 20 Asian American advocates to discuss the rising violence targeting people of Asian descent. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Asian Americans to rally in Troy against hate as fear grows," 10 Apr. 2021 Heights Libraries held an online meeting April 7 to discuss input from the public about the branch’s future gathered from a recent survey taken by more than 500 people. cleveland, "Play virtual trivia game May 2 and help raise funds for the Mandel JCC: Press Run," 9 Apr. 2021 On Wednesday at the Florida High School Athletic Association’s online winter sports advisory committee meeting, a vote was passed to expand placing at the state wrestling tournament to eight places per weight class. Brant Parsons,, "Mumblings: Eight placers at state, retiring coaches and more," 8 Apr. 2021 Bessemer workers are looking to become the first employees at the online retailer to gain such representation. Sebastian Herrera, WSJ, "Jeff Bezos Backs Corporate Tax-Rate Increase and Infrastructure Plan," 7 Apr. 2021 Pro-Tech develops, builds and operates solar projects along the East Coast for other customers, such as online retailer Amazon, company officials previously told The Aegis. Aegis Staff,, "Second public hearing on proposed Fairview Farms solar power project in Harford County set for April 20," 7 Apr. 2021 The online retailer has clashed with lawmakers in recent weeks over a union vote at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "CEOs like Jeff Bezos are grappling with new political realities," 7 Apr. 2021 Just 3% of international climate finance is reaching the continent, Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), told an online meeting seeking advice from African heads of state on how to accelerate adaptation. Laurie Goering, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid pandemic, African presidents keep eye on climate change," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of online

1950, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2021

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“Online.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 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


adjective or adverb
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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