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

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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 Making his first career NFL appearance, the undrafted rookie from Purdue connected with a wide-open Kenny Golladay on the Lions' third offensive play for a 75-yard touchdown, answering a score by the Chicago Bears. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions: David Blough's 1st NFL TD is a beauty to Kenny Golladay," 28 Nov. 2019 But John Stocco led a lightning-quick drive down the field and connected with Brandon Williams for a 21-yard touchdown with 2:10 to go. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where were you for the Badgers Miracle in the Metrodome in 2005?," 27 Nov. 2019 The most essential thing is being original, and then also connecting with people. Tyler Aquilina,, "Mike Birbiglia on The New One and his journey to joy as a parent," 26 Nov. 2019 My family’s story of disconnection is not uncommon, and my journey to connecting with my indigenous roots is just getting started. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "3 Indigenous Chefs Talk About What Thanksgiving Means to Them," 25 Nov. 2019 Tune connected with Stevenson on back-to-back completions. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH takes down Tulsa to snap losing streak," 23 Nov. 2019 Springfield answered with a 13-play, 70-yard drive as Brungard connected with Evan Ohlin from six yards out. cleveland, "QB Beau Brungard leads No. 1 Springfield over No. 2 Mogadore, 35-21 in Div. VI, Region 21 final," 23 Nov. 2019 With under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Valor found its first points of the half as Howell connected with Zain Zinicola on a 74-yard passing TD. Marco Cummings, The Denver Post, "Behind top rushing attack, No. 6 Columbine engineers road upset over No. 3 Valor Christian," 22 Nov. 2019 The Lions drove the ball 75 yards on 10 plays, and Kent connected with sophomore running back Tommy Nelson for a TD early in the fourth quarter. Megan Woodward,, "Football: ‘Studying and repetition’ helping Liberty senior Paul Libbee in his first year," 19 Nov. 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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The first known use of connect was in the 15th century

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2 Dec 2019

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“Connect.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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