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

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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In a final note, Culpo encouraged her followers to keep moving forward, noting that embracing imperfections will help connect us all. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Olivia Culpo Opens Up About Her Past Battle with Depression: 'It's Ok to Not Be Ok'," 11 July 2019 These aren't true wireless, so there is a cord connecting the two sides. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Save big on Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats 3," 11 July 2019 The exterior of that building is a mirror image of their home, and the couple hope to one day connect the two buildings. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Grandparents’ grand Cedarburg home is gutted but preserved after 120-plus years," 11 July 2019 That decision, quickly reversed under public pressure, has raised the question of whether the government is too quick to protect wealthy and well-connected citizens even when they are accused of criminal misconduct. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "A Billionaire’s Fall Spotlights Child Sexual Abuse in China," 9 July 2019 Another friend connected her with someone who makes magic mushroom candies. Catherine Ryan Gregory, Marie Claire, "The Trip of a Lifetime," 9 July 2019 Then, take two short insulated wires and connect them in matching polarity between the two batteries: positive to positive, and negative to negative. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Jumpstart a Dead Tool Battery," 6 July 2019 That would certainly give season 4 a much more personal feel by connecting it back to El’s past and helping her with her future. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "All the theories on who's in that bunker at the end of Stranger Things season 3," 6 July 2019 The indigenous communities of the Andes understand well how altitude and respect for the soil affect food and farming methods and connect them to the natural environment. Jill K. Robinson, National Geographic, "Gordon Ramsay Adventures in Peru’s Sacred Valley," 2 July 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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