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 mainframe
After 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)

Examples of log on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was outlawed in the same law that forbade dropping rocks and logs on catfish, which tells you what fisheries managers thought of the practice. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 15 Nov. 2023 Future pediatricians, psychiatrists, and plastic surgeons log on for 30-minute calls seeking entry into residency. Abraham Nussbaum and Renee Y. Hsia, STAT, 2 Nov. 2023 Every week as the show aired, thousands of Mexicans would log on to cast their vote for Guevara. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 5 Oct. 2023 So gear up in your coziest sweater, throw a log on the fire, and get ready to plan the ultimate winter-weather getaway. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, 28 July 2023 The 30 or so people who logged on to hear about the trans-Atlantic slave trade Wednesday night was just what Pastor Kenneth Johnson had hoped for – a sign that his congregation in Fort Pierce, Florida, was interested in learning more about Black history. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2023 Many students had computer or internet access problems or simply weren’t logging on often enough and for sustained periods. Betty Márquez Rosales, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2023 The only way a neighbor was able to get her child in was by waking up at 5:50 a.m. and following a tactical protocol — log on early, put the camp in your shopping cart, pre-load your credit card information — on par with what’s required to get tickets for Coachella music festival. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 17 July 2023 Users will need to log on to Campus Portal and check whether their phone numbers, email addresses, mailing addresses and emergency contact information are correct. Sabrina Leboeuf, Baltimore Sun, 15 Aug. 2023 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

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“Log on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/log%20on. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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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