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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: network /ˈnetˌwɜrk/ 
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singularnetwork
pluralnetworks
  1. 1
    a group of companies that broadcast the same television or radio programs throughout a large area, or a company that produces or sells the rights to such broadcasts

    The president's speech was broadcast on network television.

    The Fox cable network competes with the traditional television networks such as NBC and CBS.

  2. 2
    a group of people, organizations, or places that are connected or that work together
    network of:

    The university is developing a network of contacts with all its graduates.

    network of:

    We have a nationwide network of financial advisers.

  3. 3
    computing a set of computers that are connected to each other so that each computer can send and receive information to and from the other computers

    All office workers have access to a computer network.

    They have an information network linked to more than 16,000 libraries.

  4. 4
    a system of lines or similar things such as roads or wires that are connected to each other

    The interstate network links all the major cities.

    a cellular phone network

    network of:

    a network of canals

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