con·​junc·​tion | \ kən-ˈjəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce conjunction (audio) \

Definition of conjunction

1 : an uninflected linguistic form that joins together sentences, clauses, phrases, or words Some common conjunctions are "and," "but," and "although."
2 : the act or an instance of conjoining : the state of being conjoined : combination working in conjunction with state and local authorities
3 : occurrence together in time or space : concurrence a conjunction of events
4a : the apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac
b : a configuration in which two celestial bodies have their least apparent separation a conjunction of Mars and Jupiter
5 : a complex sentence in logic true if and only if each of its components is true — see Truth Table

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conjunctional \ kən-​ˈjəŋ(k)-​shnəl How to pronounce conjunctional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
conjunctionally adverb

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What is a conjunction?

Conjunctions are words that join together other words or groups of words.

A coordinating conjunction connects words, phrases, and clauses of equal importance. The main coordinating conjunctions are and, or, and but.

They bought apples, pears, and oranges.

You can wait either on the steps or in the car.

The paintings are pleasant but bland.

When placed at the beginning of a sentence, a coordinating conjunction may also link two sentences or paragraphs.

The preparations were complete. But where were the guests?

She told him that he would have to work to earn her trust. And he proceeded to do just that.

A subordinating conjunction introduces a subordinate clause (a clause that does not form a simple sentence by itself) and joins it to a main clause (a clause that can be used as a simple sentence by itself).

She waited until they were seated.

It had been quiet since the children left.

Some conjunctions are used in pairs. The most common pairs are either ... or, both ... and, neither ... nor, and not only ... but (also).

They could either continue searching or go to the police.

Both Clara and Jeanette graduated from Stanford.

He could neither sing nor dance.

Not only the money but also the jewelry had been found.

Some adverbs, such as afterwards, consequently, for example, however, nonetheless, and therefore, act like conjunctions by linking either two main clauses separated by a semicolon, or two separate sentences. They express some effect that the first clause or sentence has on the second one.

They didn't agree; however, each understood the other's opinion.

We'll probably regret it; still, we really have no choice.

The team has won its last three games. Thus, its record for the year is now 15-12.

Examples of conjunction in a Sentence

Some common conjunctions are “and,” “but,” and “although.” the conjunction of the two major highways creates a massive influx of cars into the city
Recent Examples on the Web The senior programs are being handled in conjunction with the Community Partnership on Aging. cleveland, "Application process begins Jan. 16 for One South Euclid’s Neighborhood Grant Program," 10 Jan. 2020 The Oscar Station is available to rent for weddings, festivals, corporate events, birthday parties, or in conjunction with the Oscar Event Center, with the monorail connecting the two sites., "Jungle Jim's adds bourbon bar and cigar tastings," 9 Jan. 2020 Made in conjunction with computer maker ASUS and called the ROG 360, the 24-inch monitor uses Nvidia's G-Sync technology to refresh its screen at a rate of 360 Hz, or about six times more frequently than a standard monitor. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Chip Wars 2020: What AMD, Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm Announced at CES," 7 Jan. 2020 The Women's Basketball Coaches Association convention also is held in conjunction with the women's Final Four. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Phoenix to bid on NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four for second time," 6 Jan. 2020 In conjunction with Sanders' financial tailwind, the campaign boasts impressive grassroots and organizing numbers. Cara Korte, CBS News, "Bernie Sanders beat Democratic rivals to raise $34.5 million in the 4th quarter," 2 Jan. 2020 These work best, however, in conjunction with a complete behavior treatment plan including medication or behavior modification, or both. Popular Science, "Six ways you can ease your dog’s fear of fireworks," 31 Dec. 2019 Also likely why Mullens’ name surfaced last year in conjunction with the AD opening at Texas A&M. Mullens withdrew from that search. oregonlive, "Canzano: Only one Oregon Duck more invested in Rose Bowl than Mario Cristobal -- and he’s grinning," 30 Dec. 2019 In conjunction with the hollow nose cavity and a lead-alloy core, the tip optimizes penetration and tissue destruction over a wide range of distances. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Rifle Bullets for Long-Range Shooting," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of conjunction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for conjunction

see conjunct entry 1

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The first known use of conjunction was in the 14th century

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conjunction.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of conjunction

grammar : a word that joins together sentences, clauses, phrases, or words
formal : a situation in which two or more things happen at the same time or in the same place


con·​junc·​tion | \ kən-ˈjəŋk-shən How to pronounce conjunction (audio) \

Kids Definition of conjunction

1 : a joining together : union
2 : a word or expression that joins together sentences, clauses, phrases, or words

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