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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The meeting comes as officials in New Jersey and New York express growing worries about the dilapidated, century-old tunnel owned by Amtrak that connects the two states. David Klepper, The Seattle Times, "Cuomo to meet with Trump to discuss new train tunnel," 27 Nov. 2018 The new angled hinges that connect the lid to the chassis do, too, as do the honeycomb speaker grilles on either side of the keyboard. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Elitebook x360 1030 review: Small tweaks made to a stylish work 2-in-1," 16 Nov. 2018 The Port Authority is undertaking environmental assessments for an AirTrain that would connect LaGuardia to the Willets Point station on the Long Island Rail Road. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "New York’s Three Airports: Bottom of the Heap," 14 Nov. 2018 The neurological pathways that connected his brain to his muscle memory had been dormant and disconnected so long that the wiring had decayed, leaving him as helpless as a toddler. Lindsey Vehlewald, SELF, "We Never Got Flu Shots. Then the Flu Almost Killed My Husband," 9 Nov. 2018 There can be time for sightseeing and for connecting intimately. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: How Do I Get Past the Pressure to Have Vacation Sex?," 25 Oct. 2018 The natural partnership between Sonder and Novogratz lent itself to the design of eclectic and original spaces that connect with the surrounding areas on a deeper level. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Three San Diego Bungalows Are Transformed Into Vibrant, History-Filled Getaways," 3 Oct. 2018 His lawyers also pointed that there was no physical evidence that connected Clark to the slaying. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Texas inmate insists he didn't murder ex-roommate before execution: 'But, hey, whatever makes you happy'," 27 Sep. 2018 Their base wants to destroy anything connected to Obamacare, but the general electorate supports Medicaid expansion by a large margin. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 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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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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