con·​nect kə-ˈnekt How to pronounce connect (audio)
connected; connecting; connects

intransitive verb

: to become joined
The two rooms connect by a hallway.
ideas that connect easily to form a theory
: to meet for the transference of passengers
connecting flights
: to transfer (as from one airplane to another) as a step in traveling to a final destination
passengers connecting with international flights
: to make a successful hit, shot, or throw
connected for a home run
He connected on 60 percent of his shots.
: to have or establish a rapport
tried to connect with the younger generation
: to establish a communications connection
connect to the Internet

transitive verb

: to join or fasten together usually by something intervening
A highway connects the two towns.
: to place or establish in relationship
Police were unable to connect her to the crime.
connectable adjective
or less commonly connectible
connector noun
or less commonly connecter
connect the dots
: to link together logically related elements in order to draw a conclusion
trying to connect the dots in the investigation
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Not connected to Modernism or progressive trends and thinking. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 Start with the mile-long Rabbit Ears Loop, then explore the connecting three-mile Fox Trail before moving on to intermediate-level Yampa View route. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 11 Feb. 2024 To use just one example of low digitalization: only 19% of households are connected to high-speed internet via fibre-optic cables, compared with an average of 56% across the European Union, according to a recent European Commission report. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 The report said Bickle also admitted to inappropriate contact on three occasions with another woman connected to IHOPKC. Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 Harris has now joined President Joe Biden on Community, an SMS marketing platform with at least 28 million members that helps big brands, entertainment sectors, musicians and lately, politicians, connect with the public via texts. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 Later that month, officials found the same vehicle traveling through a residential area in Cobb County, Ga. Wright said that the Cobb County Police Department relayed the vehicle had also been connected to a burglary in their area. Olivia Diaz, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 Others connected to the assassination In October, former Haitiian Sen. Joseph Joël John pleaded guilty to the murder conspiracy and related charges in the killing of Haiti’s leader and in December was sentenced to life in prison. Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 With the money provided through the Rebuilding America program, the Randall and Hopps intersection between Elgin and South Elgin will be realigned, a third lane in each direction of Randall added and a multiuse path on the west side of Randall Road built to connect with other existing paths. Gloria Casas, Chicago Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Connect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


con·​nect kə-ˈnekt How to pronounce connect (audio)
: to join or link together directly or by something coming between : unite
towns connected by a railroad
the two bones connect at the elbow
: to attach by personal relationship
connected by marriage
: to bring together in thought
connect the smell of burning leaves with childhood
: to be related
an event connected with our success
: to establish a means of communication
connect to the Internet
connector noun
also connecter

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