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 connectible (audio) \ adjective
connector or less commonly connecter \ kə-​ˈnek-​tər How to pronounce connecter (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 They the idea to connect each resident with a pen pal to help keep them connected to the community and the outside world. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Seniors Are Searching for Pen Pals to Keep Them Connected While Social Distancing," 30 June 2020 Bike Cleveland said the cycle track on West 65th Street should connect with the Lorain Avenue track. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Bike Cleveland, Cleveland Metroparks and other advocates want two-way cycle track as part of West 65th Street rehab," 30 June 2020 Data throughput is the difference, along with the ability to connect multiple high-definition displays at once. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The Belkin Thunderbolt Dock Core is the first dual-powered Thunderbolt dock," 29 June 2020 The four-cylinder diesel Sprinter vans come equipped with standard Mercedes Pro connect digital fleet solutions, keyless start, brake hold, trailer hitch prep package, and a load-adaptive electronic stability program. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Adds a 4-Cylinder Diesel," 29 June 2020 Department of Social Services Secretary Laurie Gill said the program can connect people with counseling or financial assistance. USA TODAY, "Jobbie Nooner, blowback at bars, fake mask exemptions: News from around our 50 states," 29 June 2020 While the pages have been energized by recent attention on racial injustice in the US and provide a new space for students to connect, the content is familiar for many generations. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Students using Instagram to reveal what it is like to be 'Black at' private high schools," 29 June 2020 It Northward initiative, has deployed its full alumni and professional network to connect each and every graduating senior with a postgraduate opportunity. Michael V. Drake, Fortune, "Universities should support their most vulnerable students to champion education equity," 27 June 2020 States might subsidize the development of cell towers abroad to connect previously off-grid areas. Justin Sherman, Wired, "The US-China Battle Over the Internet Goes Under the Sea," 24 June 2020

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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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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Connect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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