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
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 Police have interviewed a man in connection with an incident in which a rail worker died from coronavirus after allegedly being spat on at a London train station. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, May 18," 18 May 2020 Law enforcement officials are also searching for 28-year-old Catherine Angeline Ocon in connection with his abduction. Dallas News, "Amber Alert issued for 14-month old boy last seen near San Antonio," 17 May 2020 Police in Miramar, Fla., have issued arrest warrants for NFL cornerbacks Deandre Baker and Quinton Dunbar in connection with an armed robbery that took place at a party on Wednesday. Creg Stephenson |, al, "NFL DBs Deandre Baker, Quinton Dunbar wanted in connection with armed robbery at Florida party," 15 May 2020 Upon investigation, a Cleveland man, 20, was arrested in connection with the damage. cleveland, "Man vandalizes two vehicles: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 15 May 2020 The man, who was not identified, was one of two suspects wanted in connection with an Oakland homicide earlier this year. Anna Bauman,, "Man shot, killed by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies was wanted for murder, officials say," 15 May 2020 Police in Middletown are seeking a suspect in connection with the Thursday night shooting of a 17-year-old girl. Chris Mayhew,, "Middletown police seek 19-year-old male in the shooting of 17-year-old girl," 15 May 2020 Zerric Allen, 39, who also is referred to in jail records as Zerric Baskett, was charged with murder in connection with the shooting, according to an arrest citation. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police: Murder suspect says he fatally shot man who 'scared him' on 38th Street," 15 May 2020 Later that year, Flynn pleaded guilty after he was charged in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Retired judge called in to determine whether Flynn should be held in contempt," 14 May 2020

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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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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Connection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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