online, on-line - correct spelling

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online, on-line - adjective and adverb


Spelled either online or on-line. The single-word spelling is gaining ground.

Here’s a usage note from
The transition from World Wide Web site to Web site to website as a single uncapitalized word mirrors the development of other technological expressions which have tended to take unhyphenated forms as they become more familiar. Thus email is gaining ground over the forms E-mail and e-mail, especially in texts that are more technologically oriented. Similarly, there is an increasing preference for closed forms like homepage, online, and printout.

Example: He provided online services. adjective

Example: He worked online from home. adverb