Meaning of “online” in the English Dictionary

"online" in British English

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onlineadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈɒn.laɪn/ us /ˈɑːn.laɪn/

A2 Online products, services, or information can be bought or used on the internet:

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  • We're linked to the online database at our head office.
  • Click on this link to visit our online bookstore.
  • The company began its online banking service three years ago.
  • The course includes an online module.
  • She works for an online magazine.

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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  • We agreed the deal online, but we'll have to wait for snail mail to get the paperwork.
  • You can search Cambridge dictionaries online at www.dictionary.cambridge.org.
  • Customers can check the status of their order online.
  • We've been searching online for cheap flights.
  • She does all her banking online.

(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.
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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)