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"online" in British English

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onlineadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈɒn.laɪn/ us   /ˈɑːn.laɪn/

onlineadverb

uk   /ˌɒnˈlaɪn/ us   /ˌɑːnˈlaɪn/
  • online adverb (INTERNET)

A2 bought, used, etc. using the internet: Do you like to shop online? This dictionary went online in 1999.
be online
to be able to use email or the internet: I'll send you my email address once I'm online.

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

"online" in American English

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onlineadjective, adverb [not gradable]

us   /ˈɔnˈlɑɪn, ˈɑn-/ also on-line
using a computer to communicate with other computers, or of or about a computer that is connected to another computer: I went online to see if I got any e-mail. The computer isn’t on-line now, so the phone line is available.
(Definition of online from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"online" in Business English

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onlineadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌɒnˈlaɪn/ us   INTERNET, IT
available or done on the internet: an online account/database/magazine Opening an online bank account couldn't be easier.online trading/advertising/shopping There has been a increase in online trading by individuals. The company built an online presence with its Web site. online retailers/investors
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onlineadverb

uk   /ˌɒnˈlaɪn/ us  
INTERNET, IT bought, done, or used on the internet: All our products are readily available online.do/trade/work online The chain of 315 stores also trades online.buy sth/order sth/shop online Shoppers are getting used to buying online.apply/book online Compare more than 400 credit cards and apply online.
be/go online
INTERNET, IT to be or become connected to the internet so that you can use its services: I went online to look for a cheap flight.
come online
to be connected to a system and start production of goods, energy, services, etc.: A gas field producing an estimated 20 million cubic meters a day is scheduled to come online by the end of next year.
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(Definition of online from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“online” in Business English

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Watching the detectorists
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May 31, 2016
by Colin McIntosh You could be forgiven for thinking that old-fashioned hobbies that don’t involve computers have fallen out of favour. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the internet has made it easier for people with specialist hobbies from different corners of the world to come together to support one another

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