connect

verb
con·nect | \kə-ˈnekt \
connected; connecting; connects

Definition of connect 

intransitive verb

1 : to become joined The two rooms connect by a hallway. ideas that connect easily to form a theory

2a : 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

3 : to make a successful hit, shot, or throw connected for a home run He connected on 60 percent of his shots.

4 : to have or establish a rapport tried to connect with the younger generation

5 : to establish a communications connection connect to the Internet

transitive verb

1 : to join or fasten together usually by something intervening A highway connects the two towns.

2 : to place or establish in relationship Police were unable to connect her to the crime.

connect the dots

: to link together logically related elements in order to draw a conclusion trying to connect the dots in the investigation

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Other Words from connect

connectable or less commonly connectible \kə-ˈnek-tə-bəl \ adjective
connector or less commonly connecter \kə-ˈnek-tər \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of connect in a Sentence

Can you connect the hose to the sprinkler? Connect the cable to the battery. A hallway connects the two rooms. It's the major highway connecting the two towns. A common theme connects the stories. The two bones connect at the elbow. The hose connects easily to the sprinkler. The bedroom connects to the kitchen. I never connected you with that group of people. There's no evidence connecting the company directly to the scandal.
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Recent Examples on the Web

And on top of that, embracing the role allowed McKellen to have a new and potent avenue to connect with younger generations. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "In new documentary, Ian McKellen reflects on Magneto, Gandalf," 8 July 2018 Illiana was proposed to connect I-55 in Wilmington with I-65 in Indiana. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "I-80 improvements deemed 'critical' in regional transportation plan," 3 July 2018 The popularity of the foot passenger ferry in the late 1980s clearly affirmed the desire for that physical interaction and relationship to again connect the two river communities. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Ferry christened: Casino tries Lady Luck to boost business," 12 July 2018 The museum is located on a stretch of the historic Route 66, established in 1926 to connect Chicago to near Los Angeles. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "RV museum chronicles Americans’ love of camping," 12 July 2018 Lately chatter has connected UniCredit and Société Générale. The Economist, "Why the euro zone hasn’t seen more cross-border bank mergers," 12 July 2018 Superstition aside, the house is indeed my family’s lodestar, keeping us connected with the elements, our senses, and one another, and always pointing us in the right direction. Zander Abranowicz, ELLE Decor, "A Modern Take on Greek Island Living in Serifos," 2 July 2018 An elevated steel pathway connects the street grid to the park paths. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Gateway to what?," 28 June 2018 The network is also connecting young scientists with Obama administration alumni who worked under John Holdren in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Kelsey Brugger, Scientific American, "New Group Aims to Bolster Science in Policymaking," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of connect

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for connect

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

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Phrases Related to connect

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More Definitions for connect

connect

verb

English Language Learners 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

connect

verb
con·nect | \kə-ˈnekt \
connected; connecting

Kids Definition of connect

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

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

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

Other Words from connect

connector \-ˈnek-tər \ noun

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