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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Treece has been charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, according to online court records. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "After killing his wife, he stood over her body for hours on his deck, Missouri cops say," 13 July 2018 For more information on Bags to Butterflies or to purchase a handbag, visit its online store or call 248.929-5359. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Prison to purses: Detroit program gives ex-female felons a 2nd chance," 12 July 2018 According to online court records, the plea agreement also includes a petition for specialized driving privileges. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "FBI agent pleads guilty to Chesterton drunken-driving charge," 12 July 2018 He's also charged with theft by unlawful taking in Jefferson County, according to online court records. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "'Gnome bandit' accused of Highlands thefts arrested in Georgia," 10 July 2018 Each item is expected to ship in about three to four weeks, according to the online store. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "XXXTentacion Memorial Merchandise Collection Released," 9 July 2018 The implication that Apple should bar Google and Facebook apps from its online store is a sensitive one. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Lawmakers Push Apple and Google to Reveal Data Collection Practices," 9 July 2018 Jones is charged in the alleged assault with third- and fourth-degree burglary, second-degree assault and vandalism more than $1,000, according to online court records. The Aegis, "Man who jumped from bridge into Susquehanna — and survived — is charged," 9 July 2018 Google has ceased offering YouTube on some Amazon devices in the wake of a dispute that is centered in part around the fact that Amazon will not sell some Amazon-competitive Google hardware products in its online retail store. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Sonos files for IPO, positions its products as alternatives to screen addiction," 6 July 2018

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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, 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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