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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The group will have to contact other state and local offices as part of the process and will connect with the U.S. Postal Service to check that the name chosen doesn’t already exist or poses problems for mail delivery. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: Residents near Mission San José want a street name changed to reflect indigenous history," 23 Jan. 2021 The Elysian Street viaduct will connect downtown to Near Northside. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "I-10 to close near downtown Houston this weekend," 21 Jan. 2021 The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s new bridge will connect Northwest Portland to the Pearl District and offer a new route over I-405 in the area. oregonlive, "Portland Thursday traffic: I-405 closed this weekend for pedestrian bridge installation," 21 Jan. 2021 The presenters will connect that with the current Black Lives Matter movement and point to more work that is necessary to achieve progress. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Heed the call of the wild amphibians for a glimpse of spring: Valley Views," 18 Jan. 2021 Chinery-Hesse hopes that stories such as these will connect the continent in a unique way. Rochelle Beighton And Rachel Wood, CNN, "An audiobooks app will tell unheard African stories," 16 Jan. 2021 James Waugh, Lucasfilm’s VP of franchise content and strategy, explains that while this means that games won’t always connect directly to content in other media, the possibility is on the table. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, "Lucasfilm Games' New Partnerships Mean the Galaxy's the Limit," 13 Jan. 2021 Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley loved Tenet‘s original take on time travel, but agrees that the film probably won’t connect with most viewers. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "‘Tenet’ Is a Must-Watch for Action Movie Fans," 4 Jan. 2021 Just set one or two controllers on the dock, which will automatically connect to your gamepads. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "The best Xbox Series X|S accessories you can buy now," 30 Dec. 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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23 Feb 2021

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“Connect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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