on·​line | \ ˈȯn-ˈlīn How to pronounce online (audio) , ˈän-ˈlīn How to pronounce online (audio) \

Essential Meaning of online

1 : connected to a computer, a computer network, or the Internet an online printer The city libraries are all online.
2 : done over the Internet He likes to engage in online chats/discussions. online shopping/banking the company's online sales

Full 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

Other Words from online

online adverb

Examples of online in a Sentence

The city libraries are all online. He likes to engage in online chats.
Recent Examples on the Web The library’s online resources are also available including 24/7 access to the digital library, homework help via library databases and library card applications. Megan Jones,, 5 Jan. 2022 The auction will be held in-person at Ripley Auctions (2764 E. 55th Place, Indianapolis) as well as through online bidding platforms. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Jan. 2022 There are also online resources including videos to help families fill out the FAFSA, and some districts send text messages or emails to check in with students and families and to remind them of deadlines. Edward Mckinley, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Jan. 2022 For companies that are not able to invest in large-scale programs, numerous online learning resources exist that are free or low-cost. Aman Kidwai, Fortune, 28 Dec. 2021 Sports betting in Ohio will be a mix of online platforms, brick-and-mortar betting centers, such as casinos, and small kiosks in bars and restaurants. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2021 The Carlsbad Library is offering free access to holders of Carlsbad library cards to several new free online resources for learning and career development. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Dec. 2021 Wales contends that seeking independent sources of funding is crucial to fixing the ills of online social platforms. Anne Quito, Quartz, 16 Dec. 2021 Try some online resources provided by your tax dollars for creative ideas and direction about how to start and maintain a simple exercise routine for and with your aging parents. Carolyn Rosenblatt, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of online

1950, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

7 Jan 2022

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“Online.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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adjective or adverb
on·​line | \ ˈȯn-ˌlīn How to pronounce online (audio) , 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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