Meaning of INTERNET in English

In ‧ ter ‧ net S2 W2 BrE AmE , internet /ˈɪntənet $ -tər-/ noun

the Internet a computer system that allows millions of computer users around the world to exchange information:

Do you have access to the Internet?

on the Internet

You can find all kinds of information on the internet.

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■ verbs

▪ use the Internet

More and more companies are using the Internet to conduct their business.

▪ go on the Internet

I went on the Internet to find some information for my assignment.

▪ access the Internet/connect to the Internet

You can access the Internet from your mobile phone.

▪ surf the Internet (=look at different websites)

She spends hours surfing the Internet every evening.

▪ download something from the Internet

I downloaded the file from the Internet.

▪ buy something on the Internet

He bought the chairs on the Internet.

■ Internet + NOUN

▪ an Internet connection

a high-speed Internet connection

▪ Internet access

Not everyone has Internet access at home.

▪ an Internet address (=the address of a website)

The company charges $100 to register a new internet address.

▪ an Internet service provider (=a company that allows you to connect to the Internet)

Your Internet service provider should be able to solve the problem.

▪ Internet shopping/banking

The new regulations will increase customer confidence in Internet shopping.


Internet banking saves customers a lot of time.

▪ an Internet user

The number of Internet users is doubling every six months.

▪ Internet use

The software allows parents to control children’s Internet use.

▪ Internet traffic (=the number of people using the Internet)

An estimated 40% of the nation’s Internet traffic begins or ends in California.

▪ Internet dating (=using the Internet to meet people for a romantic relationship)

Internet dating websites are becoming increasingly popular.

▪ an Internet café (=a café with computers, where people can pay to use the Internet)

The message had been sent from an Internet café in Leeds.

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■ things you do when using the Internet

▪ surf the net verb to look quickly through information on the Internet, looking for anything that interests you:

He spends his evenings surfing the net.

▪ search to look for a specific piece of information on the Internet, for example by entering text into a box:

Try searching for his name on Google.

▪ shop/book online to buy things or reserve tickets using the Internet:

More and more people are preferring to shop online.


It’s easier to book online.

▪ visit a website to look at a particular Internet site:

You can check to see how many people visit your website.

▪ download to get files, programs, music, films etc from the Internet and put them on your own computer:

I downloaded the software for free from the Internet.

▪ chat to communicate with several people in a ↑ chat room on the Internet:

Using the Internet, you can chat to people from around the world.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.