connection

noun
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 connectional (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

After all, client connection is a big part of successful design work. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Design World Is Obsessed with This 11-Year-Old Designer," 21 May 2019 The mass resignation at Kommersant, a broadsheet owned by a billionaire with connections to the Kremlin, focused on an article last month that reported one of Russia’s most powerful politicians was to leave her post. ... Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russian Journalists Resign After Colleagues Fired in Media Row," 20 May 2019 While the connection between weight and health is incredibly nuanced, research does indicate that the association between obesity and diabetes risk is there. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Viola Davis on Being Diagnosed With Prediabetes: ‘I Was Shocked’," 1 May 2019 Police say three teenage boys, believed to be between 14 and 15 years old, are being sought in connection to the incident, which took place Saturday afternoon, in Essex, an area northeast of London on the U.K.’s southeastern coast. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Trans Teen Was Attacked in the United Kingdom the Day Before Transgender Day of Visibility," 1 Apr. 2019 The signal is bouncing everywhere, so getting a connection is a problem. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 Plus, the church also has connections to Hillsong, which is regularly attended by the Kardashian family. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Who is Kourtney Kardashian’s Rumored BF David Dee Duron?," 11 Feb. 2019 Gen studio: Images are the medium of this hack, where each image is analyzed for connections to other works of art in the Met archive. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft uses AI to bring the Met's art collection to the web—and your Instagram," 4 Feb. 2019 While the documentary is being made, his photographs are discovered almost by happenstance, by a friend with connections to the art world — and Hogancamp finds himself with an exhibition at a gallery in Greenwich Village. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Before you see Welcome to Marwen, stream the documentary about the true story behind it," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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connection

noun

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.

connection

noun
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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