Question about written Mandarin?

I’m learning Chinese and this is confusing me.
Each Chinese character represents a word.
A new word like Internet is 互联网
According to google translator, each character is its own word (mutual contact network).
So my question is: does written Mandarin just combine already existing words to make new words? Are we supposed to read "mutual contact network" and extrapolate it as Internet?

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