connection

noun
con·​nec·​tion | \ kə-ˈnek-shən \

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 , -​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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Name a family milestone and there's probably a connection. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Why Spending Christmas Day at Disney World Is Truly as Magical as It Sounds," 20 Dec. 2018 Nothing is scarier than a wealthy man with connections looking to cause some major damage. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Comprehensive List of All of Hiram Lodge's Schemes on "Riverdale"," 13 Dec. 2018 There seems to be a connection between insomnia and elevated levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "I'm a Scientist With Insomnia So I Researched How to Actually Get Better Sleep," 28 Nov. 2018 There is also a growing connection between Claire and her step-daughter-in-law, Marsali, who is pregnant and missing her mother, Laoghaire. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 4," 26 Nov. 2018 Those with higher levels of vitamin D during cancer treatment had a 50% lower mortality rate, so experts think there could be a connection between the nutrient and your chances of beating the disease — or even getting it at all. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "What Is Vitamin D Good For Anyway?," 19 Oct. 2018 There was a real emotional connection that BoF had with the fashion world. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ads are just one piece of a bigger ‘reckoning’ in the fashion industry," 20 Sep. 2018 With the sun and moon in the same sign, there is a powerful connection between your external experiences and emotional reflection. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Virgo Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 But there's one thing that will always be important in health care and that's the human connection with patients. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Nursing legend Barbara Lumpkin dies at 81," 13 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'connection.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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 \

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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