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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

off-line, offline, on-line, online

Off-line and on-line may be hyphenated or written as single words, offline and online. These are all standard spellings.

  • Every time her computer crashed, Po Yul was off-line for hours.
  • Gabriel is having trouble installing the new offline browser.
  • The Government On-Line initiative has improved Canadians’ access to government services.
  • Jeremiah spends hours online, chatting with friends around the world.