Definition of Internet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also internet) noun
BrE BrE//ˈɪntənet//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntərnet//
(also the Internet) (informal the Net) [singular] Online shopping, Using the Internet
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an international computer network connecting other networks and computers from companies, universities, etc. I looked it up on the Internet. You can buy our goods over the Internet. All the rooms have access to the Internet/Internet access. an Internet service provider (= a company that provides you with an Internet connection and services such as email, etc.) CollocationsEmail and the InternetEmail receive/​get/​open an email write/​send/​answer/​forward/​delete an email check/​read/​access your email block/​filter (out) junk/​spam/​unsolicited email exchange email addresses open/​check your inbox junk mail fills/​floods/​clogs your inbox have/​set up an email account open/​send/​contain an attachment sign up for/​receive email alertsConnecting to the Internet use/​access/​log onto the Internet/​the Web go online/​on the Internet have a high-speed/​dial-up/​broadband/​wireless (Internet) connection access/​connect to/​locate the server use/​open/​close/​launch a/​your web browser browse/​surf/​search/​scour the Internet/​the Web send/​contain/​spread/​detect a(n) (computer/​email) virus update your anti-virus software install/​use/​configure a firewall accept/​enable/​block/​delete cookiesUsing the Internet visit/​check a website/​an Internet site/​somebody’s blog create/​design/​launch a website/​social networking site start/​write/​post/​read a blog update your blog/​a website be in/​meet somebody in/​go into/​enter an Internet chat room download/​upload music/​software/​a song/​a podcast/​a file/​a copy of something share information/​data/​files post a comment/​message on a(n) website/​online message board/​web forum/​Internet chat room stream video/​audio/​music/​content over the Internet join/​participate in/​visit/​provide a(n) (web-based/​web/​online/​Internet/​discussion) forum generate/​increase/​monitor Internet traffic see also intranet, WWW See related entries: Online shopping, Using the Internet Word Origin1970s (denoting a computer network connecting two or more smaller networks): from inter- ‘reciprocal, mutual’ + network.Extra examples Attempts to regulate the Internet are usually doomed to failure. He likes watching movies, reading, and surfing the Internet. It is possible to earn a degree over the Internet. Many of the sites launched at the peak of the Internet boom have now disappeared. More and more people are shopping on the Internet. Registering an Internet domain name is now an essential part of setting up a company. She likes to go on the Internet in the evenings. She often talks to fans via live Internet chats. She went on the Internet to check air fares. The auction was held in Paris with an Internet link to New York. They began scouring the Internet for information about his condition. Thousands logged on to view the live Internet broadcast of the concert. Travellers can check their email at the Internet cafe in the square. a broadband/​high-speed Internet connection issues facing the music industry in the Internet age software for downloading Internet files the bank’s Internet arm the challenges of providing Internet connectivity to rural communities the laying of fast networks to carry Internet traffic unlimited/​unmetered Internet access
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