Meaning of “network” in the English Dictionary

"network" in British English

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networknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈnet.wɜːk/ us /ˈnet.wɝːk/

B2 a large system consisting of many similar parts that are connected together to allow movement or communication between or along the parts, or between the parts and a control centre:

a television network
a road/rail network
Massive investment is needed to modernize the country's phone network.
We could reduce our costs by developing a more efficient distribution network.
a network of spies/a spy network

a number of computers that are connected together so that they can share information:

We've just spent £1.9 million on improving our computer network.

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networkverb

uk /ˈnet.wɜːk/ us /ˈnet.wɝːk/

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

"network" in American English

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networknoun [ C ]

us /ˈnetˌwɜrk/

a group formed from parts that are connected together:

a transportation network

A network is also a company that provides programs to a group of television or radio stations, or this company and the group considered together:

the ABC television network

A network is also a group of computers that are connected and can share information.

A network is also a group of people with the same interests:

a network of political advisers

networkverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈnetˌwɜrk/

to make an effort to meet and talk to a lot of people, esp. in order to get information that can help you

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

"network" in Business English

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networknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈnetwɜːk/ us

IT a system of computers connected together so that they can share information:

A domain name identifies a computer or computer network used to access the web.

a group of people or organizations in different places who work together and share information:

He also has a network of contacts who give him help when he needs it.
a network of agents/dealers/suppliers

TRANSPORT, COMMUNICATIONS, BANKING a large system consisting of many similar parts that are connected together:

a network of sth The bank is planning to expand its network of cash machines.
a television/road/rail network

a group of television or radio companies that connect together to broadcast programmes in different places at the same time, or a company that produces these programmes:

He owns American television network ABC.

networkverb

uk /ˈnetwɜːk/ us

[ T ] IT to connect computers together, or to connect a piece of electronic equipment to a computer, so that they can share information:

The office computers have all been networked.
network sth to sth You can have your TV networked to your home computer.

[ I ] to meet people who might be useful to know, especially in your job:

They network through friends, former co-workers, and professional organizations.
network with sb Conferences offer the opportunity to network with other professionals in your field of business.

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