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verb con·nect \kə-ˈnekt\

Simple Definition of connect

  • : to join (two or more things) together

  • : to join with or become joined to something else

  • : to think of (something or someone) as being related to or involved with another person, thing, event, or idea

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of connect

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become joined <the two rooms connect by a hallway> <ideas that connect easily to form a theory>

  3. 2 a :  to meet for the transference of passengers <connecting flights> b :  to transfer (as from one airplane to another) as a step in traveling to a final destination <passengers connecting with international flights>

  4. 3 :  to make a successful hit, shot, or throw <connected for a home run> <connected on 60 percent of his shots — New York Times>

  5. 4 :  to have or establish a rapport <tried to connect with the younger generation>

  6. 5 :  to establish a communications connection <connect to the Internet>

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1 :  to join or fasten together usually by something intervening

  9. 2 :  to place or establish in relationship

connectable also connectible play \-ˈnek-tə-bəl\ adjective
connector also connecter play \-ˈnek-tər\ noun
connect the dots
  1. :  to link together logically related elements in order to draw a conclusion <trying to connect the dots in the investigation>

Examples of connect in a sentence

  1. Can you connect the hose to the sprinkler?

  2. Connect the cable to the battery.

  3. A hallway connects the two rooms.

  4. It's the major highway connecting the two towns.

  5. A common theme connects the stories.

  6. The two bones connect at the elbow.

  7. The hose connects easily to the sprinkler.

  8. The bedroom connects to the kitchen.

  9. I never connected you with that group of people.

  10. There's no evidence connecting the company directly to the scandal.

Origin of connect

Middle English, from Latin conectere, connectere, from com- + nectere to bind

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of connect

join, combine, unite, connect, link, associate, relate mean to bring or come together into some manner of union. join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness <joined forces in an effort to win>. combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit <combined jazz and rock to create a new music>. unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity <the colonies united to form a republic>. connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity <a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations>. link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity <a name forever linked with liberty>. associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation <opera is popularly associated with high society>. relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection <related what he observed to what he already knew>.

CONNECT Defined for Kids


verb con·nect \kə-ˈnekt\

Definition of connect for Students


  1. 1 :  to join or link together <connect two wires> <A hallway connects the two rooms.>

  2. 2 :  to have something to do with <She's not in any way connected to the crime.>

  3. 3 :  to bring together in thought <I connect the smell of barbequed food with summer.>

connector \-ˈnek-tər\ noun

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