Meaning of “the internet” in the English Dictionary

"the internet" in British English

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the internetnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈɪn.tə.net/ us /ˈɪn.t̬ɚ.net/ informal the Net

A1 the large system of connected computers around the world that allows people to share information and communicate with each other:

I found out about the bombings from/on the internet.

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  • If you have access to the internet, you can order online via our website.
  • It is important that children are able to use the internet safely.
  • I'm sure you'll find some information about it on the internet.
  • The college does a beginners' course on how to use the internet.
  • Apparently she met her husband through the internet, on one of those internet dating agencies.

(Definition of “the internet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Internet" in American English

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Internetnoun [ U ]

us /ˈɪn·tərˌnet/ also Net

the large system of connected computers around the world which people use to communicate with each other:

I learned about it on the Internet.

(Definition of “Internet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"internet" in Business English

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also Internet uk /ˈɪntənet/ us INTERNET, IT
the internet

the system for connecting computers around the world that allows people to share information, visit websites, communicate using email, etc.:

on/over/via the internet When you shop on the internet, be careful where you buy and who you buy from.
More than one-quarter of American share trades now take place via the internet.
access the internet You can now access the internet just about anywhere, at any time.
advertise (sth)/post sth on the internet The full list of results will be posted on the internet next week.
download (sth) from the internet You can download discount coupons for many restaurants from the internet.

[ U ] the fact of the internet being available to use:

You will need broadband internet in order to use this service.
We are one of the cheapest providers of mobile internet.

internetadjective [ before noun ]

also Internet uk /ˈɪntənet/ us

INTERNET, IT relating to the internet:

In Asia, the cell phone is a primary internet connection device.
The broker increased its internet capability to handle 40,000 trades a day.
internet companies
Our internet sales surpassed catalog orders for the first time.
an internet site

(Definition of “internet” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)