verb con·nect \ kə-ˈnekt \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of connect

connected; connecting; connects
1 : to become joined
  • The two rooms connect by a hallway.
  • ideas that connect easily to form a theory
2 a : 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
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.


or less commonly connectible play \kə-ˈnek-tə-bəl\ adjective


or less commonly connecter play \kə-ˈnek-tər\ noun
connect the dots
: to link together logically related elements in order to draw a conclusion
  • trying to connect the dots in the investigation

Examples of connect in a Sentence

  1. Can you connect the hose to the sprinkler?

  2. Connect the cable to the battery.

  3. A hallway connects the two rooms.

  4. It's the major highway connecting the two towns.

  5. A common theme connects the stories.

  6. The two bones connect at the elbow.

  7. The hose connects easily to the sprinkler.

  8. The bedroom connects to the kitchen.

  9. I never connected you with that group of people.

  10. There's no evidence connecting the company directly to the scandal.

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Origin and Etymology of connect

Middle English, from Latin conectere, connectere, from com- + nectere to bind

Synonym Discussion of 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

CONNECT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of connect for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb con·nect \ kə-ˈnekt \

Definition of connect for Students

connected; connecting
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.


\-ˈnek-tər\ noun

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