noun con·nec·tion \ kə-ˈnek-shən \
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

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
2 a : 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


play \kə-ˈnek-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of connection in a Sentence

  1. The state plans to improve roads that serve as connections between major highways.

  2. There is a fee for connection to the town's water supply.

  3. All classrooms will be wired for connection to the Internet.

  4. connections between thought and language

  5. Investigators found no connection between the two fires.

  6. The school has no connection with the museum.

  7. Evidence suggests there's a connection between the languages.

  8. I'm not sure I see the connection.

  9. Our family feels a deep connection to the land.

  10. the connection between smoking and lung cancer

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Origin and Etymology of connection

Latin connexion-, connexio, from conectere — see connect

CONNECTION Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of connection for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun con·nec·tion \ kə-ˈnek-shən \

Definition of connection for Students

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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