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 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 No need extra adapter or cable, just connect with your smartphone via WiFi. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Last chance to get the crazy camera that lets your phone see anywhere for just $29," 26 Mar. 2021 How does the conspiracy theory connect Hillary Clinton to the ship? Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, "Fact check: No evidence of Hillary Clinton link with ship stuck in Suez Canal, trafficking," 26 Mar. 2021 Her bill, which passed the House of Delegates this month, aims to improve customer service, connect the unemployed with health insurance, increase transparency and speed up the time frame for processing claims. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Unemployment payments kept them afloat during COVID. Now Maryland wants money back.," 25 Mar. 2021 But the All-Star didn't connect again until late and was held to two baskets on 12 shots in the second half. Matt Carlson, Star Tribune, "Balanced Cavaliers beat Bulls 103-94 without Sexton," 24 Mar. 2021 The route would connect Mobile to New Orleans with two daily trips. al, "Mobile mayoral politics surface over support for Amtrak," 23 Mar. 2021 Women and Children First also works to connect people to services from other organizations in Central Arkansas, to get help with things such as pregnancy, transportation or sobriety. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Grown: How Arkansans experiencing domestic violence can access help, resources," 23 Mar. 2021 When news of Baylor’s death began to circulate on Monday, Johnson went to social media to share stories and connect with friends from his Crenshaw High days, with grown men sending crying emojis to one another over the loss of their idol. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "NBA legends like Dr. J agree: Elgin Baylor revolutionized game," 23 Mar. 2021 So Sterlite developed a signal extender to help companies connect mobile devices and computers in indoor spaces, far from telecom towers, to 5G networks. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "An Entrepreneur Sees a Profitable Future in 5G Technology," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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31 Mar 2021

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“Connect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/connect. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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