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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▪ 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.