log on


variants or less commonly log in
logged on also logged in; logging on also logging in; logs on also logs in

intransitive verb

: to establish communication and initiate interaction with a computer or system
When you log on, you are taken to your "slimming apartment"; it's a virtual world, kind of like the Sims game … Gill Sutherland
… that voters from Iowa, New Hampshire, and Ohio will see different pages when they log in. Dana Milbank
often used with to
log in to the mainframeAfter a hellish day at work or spat with your guy, you log on to Facebook … Jessica Knoll
often written as log onto and log into
… a so-called portal, the site that greets users when they first log onto the Internet. Katie Hafner… almost seven million paying subscribers, who can log into the game and interact with other players. Seth Schiesel
ˈlȯg-ˌȯn How to pronounce log on (audio)
or less commonly log-in
ˈlȯg-ˌin How to pronounce log on (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The consumer internet was just blossoming, with millions of Americans beginning to log on to services such as CompuServe, Prodigy, and AOL. Will Oremus, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2022 The quarantine period had been reduced from seven to three days when it was officially scrapped on September 26, prompting droves of residents to log on to airline websites to book flights. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 6 Oct. 2022 Busy learners only need to log on for 30 minutes at a time to reap the benefits of this Spanish-language program. Christina Montoya Fiedler, Good Housekeeping, 26 Sep. 2022 Employees with work devices had to log on to a company’s VPN to access a subset of data. Ameesh Divatia, Forbes, 2 June 2022 In order to book a stay, hopefuls can log on to Booking.com beginning Nov. 16 at noon ET. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2022 State health officials encouraged parents to contact their primary care doctor, or log on to vaccines.gov to find COVID-19 vaccine providers near them. Sarah Volpenhein, Journal Sentinel, 27 Aug. 2022 Now, technology has leveled the playing field, and a real estate investor can log on to Zillow, Redfin or similar sites and learn about price, value and trends regarding nearly any property in the country. Michael Bourque, Forbes, 1 June 2022 My kids log on to the Internet immediately after setting down their suitcases. Christopher Elliott, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of log on was in 1962

Dictionary Entries Near log on

Cite this Entry

“Log on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/log%20on. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

log on


variants or log in
: to make a connection with a computer or system
logged on to the Internet

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