online

adjective on·line \ ˈȯn-ˈlīn , ˈän-ˈlīn \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

online

adverb

Examples of online in a Sentence

  1. The city libraries are all online.

  2. He likes to engage in online chats.

Recent Examples of online from the Web

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First Known Use of online

1950

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ONLINE Defined for English Language Learners

online

adjective

Definition of online for English Language Learners

  • : connected to a computer, a computer network, or the Internet

  • : done over the Internet


ONLINE Defined for Kids

online

adjective or adverb on·line \ ˈȯn-ˌlīn , ˈän- \

Definition of online for Students

:connected to, directly controlled by, or available through a computer system
  • an online database
  • working online


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