connect

verb
con·​nect | \ kə-ˈnekt How to pronounce connect (audio) \
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 How to pronounce connect (audio) \ adjective
connector or less commonly connecter \ kə-​ˈnek-​tər How to pronounce connect (audio) \ 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 These included deliberately triggering blackouts for Muny customers and refusing to connect Muny to the power grid. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 8 June 2021 At noon, in person and via Zoom, participants can learn about work Field Museum staff have been doing to restore the land at Beaubien Woods and connect to the local communities. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, 8 June 2021 The company also introduced a new way to track where third-party services apps send data, and said its Siri voice assistant will no longer need to connect to Apple’s servers to respond to some requests. NBC News, 7 June 2021 The results can also connect directly to iMessage: a user can tap on a particular result to create an image of it inside the iMessage app and then text about it with a contact. Erin Brodwin, STAT, 7 June 2021 Soon thereafter, an entrepreneur named Thomas Carter invented a device that would connect two-way radios to the phone system. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 6 June 2021 Republicans, including several with presidential ambitions, have rushed to connect Harris to the surge at the border. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 Republicans, including several with presidential ambitions, have rushed to connect Harris to the surge at the border. Washington Post, 5 June 2021 In contrast, longer trips that connect downtown San Francisco to stations near the end of the lines have recovered the least. Nami Sumida, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 June 2021

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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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The first known use of connect was in the 15th century

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11 Jun 2021

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“Connect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/connect. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce connect (audio) \
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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