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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One for the wealthy and well-connected and one for everybody else. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Elizabeth Warren Called Out the "Rigged" U.S. Economic System During an HBCU Commencement Speech," 17 Dec. 2018 Docking the Future The Spirit of Hong Kong is finally wedged into the pier as crews line up the manifolds that connect to the pier’s oil pumps. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 With a style that connected the past to present, where the beauty, history, and versatility of braids is being celebrated like never before, Stenberg’s retro-futurist coif sets a new Oscars beauty standard. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Amandla Stenberg Steps Out With Next-Level Braids at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 The Wing Luke Museum’s mission is to connect everyone to the rich history, dynamic cultures and art of the Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences. Wing Luke Museum, The Seattle Times, "Explore the impact of Asian Pacific Americans on science fiction," 4 Feb. 2019 Holmes says Meghan's choice to go barehanded is also symbolic of her wanting to connect with the public. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Reason Meghan Markle Holds Her Gloves But Doesn't Actually Wear Them," 2 Feb. 2019 Vox’s Lind wasn’t the only one to connect Nixon and Watergate to Trump’s use of the phrase. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Trump’s favorite slander against Robert Mueller’s investigation has a very long history.," 26 Jan. 2019 Danielle and Cole were delighted to connect with the couple’s two daughters, who shared family photos—black-and-white images from the ’60s, color photos from the ’70s and ’80s—that showed the home in various stages of remodel throughout the years. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "‘It was midcentury time capsule-meets-1980s’," 17 Dec. 2018 In front of the hotel is the famous hiking path that connects Oia and Fira. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Go, Where to Eat, and What to See at Instagram's Favorite Destination," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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