I. network net‧work 1 [ˈnetwɜːk ǁ -wɜːrk] noun [countable]
1. a group of people or organizations that are connected or that work together:
network of

• It's important to build up a network of professional contacts.

• The gadget is available from the manufacturer and its network of stockists.

2. COMPUTING a set of computers which are connected to each other and operate as part of the same system, able to exchange information and messages:

• network software

• The vendor automatically orders new deliveries from the retailer through its computer network.

ˌwide ˈarea ˌnetwork abbreviation WAN [wæn] COMPUTING TELECOMMUNICATIONS
an arrangement in which computers in different areas or buildings are connected to each other and users in different places can look at and work on the same information:

• The company uses a WAN to link all three of its global sites.

3. a group of radio or television stations that broadcast many of the same programmes, but at different times in different places:

• the Fox Television Network

4. road/​rail/​telecommunications network the system of roads, railways, or communication systems such as telephones used in a country:

• a cellular phone network

• Britain's network of motorways

  [m0] II. network network 2 verb
1. [intransitive] to make use of meetings with people involved in the same kind of work, in order to share information, help each other etc:

• He spent a couple of evenings a month networking at business functions.

2. [transitive] COMPUTING to connect several computers together so that they operate as part of the same system, able to exchange information and messages:

• This software will allow us to network our computers.

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network UK US /ˈnetwɜːk/ noun [C]
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.

See Note INTERNET(Cf. ↑internet)
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 telephone/distribution/communications 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.

See also backbone network, fixed network, GMN, local area network, PCN, run of site, WAN
network UK US /ˈnetwɜːk/ verb
[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.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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