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 connectible (audio) \ adjective
connector or less commonly connecter \ kə-​ˈnek-​tər How to pronounce connecter (audio) \ noun

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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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Median Salary: $60,280 per year ($28.98 per hour) Respiratory therapists work with patients who have trouble breathing — measuring lung capacity, coming up with treatment plans, connecting people to ventilators, etc. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Going Back to School Is Worth It for These Interesting Careers," 30 May 2019 For those other vehicles not connected to the grid, so to speak, the ESF boasts a larger triangle that rises up from the car's roof, as well as by a rear window capable of displaying messages. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "If You Crash a Mercedes-Benz in the Future, It Could Deploy a Robot to Warn Other Drivers," 21 May 2019 The Guard helps connect the victim with counseling services but no investigation is launched and the allegations aren’t referred to law enforcement. Todd Richmond, The Seattle Times, "Wisconsin National Guard tracks 52 sexual assault complaints," 11 Apr. 2019 As Cain sees it, connecting remotely is a pale substitute for the real thing. Maggie Bullock, Vogue, "Is Telefitness the Wave of the Future? Or Another Way Tech Is Keeping Us Apart?," 15 May 2019 Tencent is best known as the company that owns WeChat, China’s pervasive app that can make payments, host mini-apps, and connect people through messages and emojis. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China lifts video game ban but not for its biggest player," 29 Dec. 2018 After signing on 400 people to its Early Rider program in 2017, Waymo launched a program this year to help connect Phoenix-area transportation agency workers to transit. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Hussain, who was in his 30s, reportedly approached the teenager on Instagram and the two immediately connected. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "UK teen in all-female Islamic State cell convicted of plotting museum attack," 2 Oct. 2018 Whether that’s worth $1,300, however, rests on the namesake feature: 5G. The S10 5G uses Qualcomm’s first-generation X50 modem, which supports up to 5Gbps download speeds when connected to a 5G network. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Verizon announces Galaxy S10 5G preorders and 20-city 5G expansion, but it’ll cost you," 25 Apr. 2019

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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 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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