: 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

The city libraries are all online. He likes to engage in online chats.
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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of online was in 1950

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“Online.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/online. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: relating to or connected to a computer or telecommunications system (as the Internet)
an online database
online adverb

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