con·​nec·​tion | \ kə-ˈnek-shən How to pronounce connection (audio) \

Definition of connection

1 : the act of connecting : the state of being connected: such as
a : causal or logical relation or sequence the connection between two ideas
b(1) : contextual relation or association In this connection the word has a different meaning.
(2) : relationship in fact wanted in connection with a robbery
c : a relation of personal intimacy (as of family ties) Family connections can make getting a job much easier.
d : coherence, continuity … a confused multitude without order or connection.— John Locke
2a : something that connects : link a loose connection in the wiring
b : a means of communication or transport a telephone connection
3 : a person connected with another especially by marriage, kinship, or common interest has powerful connections
4 : a political, social, professional, or commercial relationship The school has no connection with the museum. : such as
a : position, job
b : an arrangement to execute orders or advance interests of another a firm's foreign connections
c : a source of contraband (such as illegal drugs)
5 : a set of persons associated together: such as
b : clan

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Other Words from connection

connectional \ kə-​ˈnek-​shnəl How to pronounce connection (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of connection in a Sentence

The state plans to improve roads that serve as connections between major highways. There is a fee for connection to the town's water supply. All classrooms will be wired for connection to the Internet. connections between thought and language Investigators found no connection between the two fires. The school has no connection with the museum. Evidence suggests there's a connection between the languages. I'm not sure I see the connection. Our family feels a deep connection to the land. the connection between smoking and lung cancer
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Recent Examples on the Web There is a connection between physical health, mental health and happiness. Tracy Brower, Forbes, "What The CEO Of Radio Flyer Can Teach Us About Happiness And Work-Life," 12 Apr. 2021 To this point, there has been no connection to the Rangers. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers reliever Matt Bush placed on 10-day IL with ‘elbow inflammation,’ jeopardizing his comeback," 9 Apr. 2021 There is no connection between the production issues and reports of mild adverse reactions that temporarily halted some vaccine clinics this week. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, "J&J vaccine output to drop 85%, White House says issues tied to Baltimore facility," 9 Apr. 2021 To believe that there is a connection between this routine behavior and decisions that were made during an unforeseen once-in-a-century pandemic is to stretch oneself to the breaking point. The Editors, National Review, "60 Minutes’ Dishonest DeSantis Hit Job," 5 Apr. 2021 There was also no immediate connection apparent between Friday’s crash and the Jan. 6 riot. Michael Balsamo,, "Capitol Police officer, an 18-year veteran, dies after car rams barricade in department’s 2nd line-of-duty death this year," 3 Apr. 2021 There was no immediate connection apparent between Jan. 6 and Friday’s crash. Staff And Wire Reports, oregonlive, "Gov. Kate Brown orders flags lowered in honor of police officer killed in US Capitol attack," 3 Apr. 2021 While there was no immediate connection apparent between Jan. 6 and Friday’s crash, the incident underscores that the building and campus remain potential targets for violence. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Car rams 2 officers at Capitol barricade; driver shot dead," 2 Apr. 2021 There was no immediate connection apparent between Jan. 6 and Friday’s crash. Michael Balsamo And Colleen Long, The Christian Science Monitor, "Suspect shot dead in Capitol incident that killed a police officer," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of connection

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for connection

Latin connexion-, connexio, from conectere — see connect

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The first known use of connection was in the 14th century

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15 Apr 2021

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“Connection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of connection

: something that joins or connects two or more things
: the act of connecting two or more things or the state of being connected
: a situation in which two or more things have the same cause, origin, goal, etc.


con·​nec·​tion | \ kə-ˈnek-shən How to pronounce connection (audio) \

Kids Definition of connection

1 : the act of linking together connection of the pipes
2 : the fact or condition of having a link : relationship There's no connection between the two incidents.
3 : a thing that links hose connections a telephone connection
4 : a person having a relationship with another by kinship, friendship, or common interest He was able to get tickets through his connections.
5 : a social, professional, or commercial relationship
6 : the act or the means of continuing a journey by transferring (as to another train)

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