Definition of online dating in English:

online dating

(also Internet dating)

noun

  • [mass noun] The practice of searching for a romantic or sexual partner on the Internet, typically via a dedicated website.

    ‘with the rise of Internet dating has come a new carelessness about dating etiquette’
    • ‘Visiting a friend several weeks ago I was introduced to the American phenomenon of internet dating.’
    • ‘Reputation management is the next big thing in online dating, prepare for an onslaught of services catering to this niche.’
    • ‘Online dating is going to evolve with the convergence of various technologies.’
    • ‘The National Association of Dating Websites will aim to portray online dating in a more favorable light.’
    • ‘People seem to be tiring of online dating.’
    • ‘I just saw a commercial for yet another movie with a theme centered around online dating.’
    • ‘She was furious a year and a half ago when her mom suggested she try online dating.’
    • ‘To be sure, some parents are still concerned with safety online or still don't know what online dating is.’
    • ‘Later, I get lectured that I've violated the codes of internet dating.’
    • ‘At the same time, the burgeoning practice of blogging is pushing online dating even further toward "informed choice."’
    • ‘I have had plenty of relationship experience in the past but never really "dated" very actively until the advent of internet dating.’
    • ‘With online dating, the same is true.’
    • ‘I'm in my mid-30s and have started doing some internet dating.’
    • ‘Her mother, however, didn't give up, mentioning online dating a couple more times in passing over the summer, even offering to pay.’
    • ‘Online dating is following a similar evolutionary process.’
    • ‘Ten per cent of the 2,000 people questioned for the BT poll said they were seeing people they met through internet dating or social networking sites.’
    • ‘Talking about internet dating with friends we were joking about all the cliche first date ideas.’
    • ‘In this age of text-messages, online dating, email relationships, the very concept of the 'blind date' seems oddly antiquated.’
    • ‘The situation has about it some of the dynamics of internet dating.’
    • ‘I went out on the town, tried meeting girls at University and in the end, even tried internet dating.’