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networknoun [C]

uk   /ˈnet.wɜːk/  us   /ˈnet.wɝːk/
B2 a ​largesystem consisting of many ​similarparts that are ​connected together to ​allowmovement or ​communication between or along the ​parts, or between the ​parts and a ​controlcentre: a ​television network a ​road/​rail network Massive ​investment is ​needed to ​modernize the country's phone network. We could ​reduceourcosts 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 ​shareinformation: We've just ​spent £1.9 million on ​improvingourcomputer network.

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networkverb

uk   /ˈnet.wɜːk/  us   /ˈnet.wɝːk/
networking
noun [U] /ˈnet.wɜː.kɪŋ/  us /ˈnet.wɝː.kɪŋ/
Students ​find networking ​essential to getting the ​rightjob.
(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 ​groupformed from ​parts that are ​connected together: a ​transportation network
A network is also a ​company that ​providesprograms to a ​group of ​television or ​radiostations, or this ​company and the ​groupconsidered together: the ABC ​television network
A network is also a ​group of ​computers that are ​connected and can ​shareinformation.
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   us   /ˈnetwɜːk/
IT a ​system of ​computersconnected together so that they can ​shareinformation: A ​domainnameidentifies a ​computer or computer network used to ​access the web.
a ​group of ​people or ​organizations in different ​places who ​work together and ​shareinformation: 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 ​cashmachines. a television/road/​rail network a telephone/​distribution/​communications network
a ​group of ​television or radio ​companies that ​connect together to ​broadcastprogrammes in different ​places at the same ​time, or a ​company that ​produces these ​programmes: He ​owns American television networkABC.

networkverb

uk   us   /ˈnetwɜːk/
[T] IT to ​connectcomputers together, or to ​connect a ​piece of ​electronicequipment to a ​computer, so that they can ​shareinformation: The ​officecomputers have all been networked.network sth to sth You can have your TV networked to your ​homecomputer.
[I] to ​meetpeople who might be useful to know, especially in your ​job: They network through friends, ​former co-workers, and ​professionalorganizations.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)
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