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

Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have been free on bond, charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in connection with the May 24 disappearance of Jennifer Dulos. Fox News, "Jennifer Dulos' estranged husband seeks to halt divorce, says her absence deprives his due process," 2 July 2019 Phoenix police have arrested a man in connection with the killing of another man during a drug deal last November. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Suspect arrested in connection with November homicide in Phoenix," 28 June 2019 By Madeline Holcombe and Dakin Andone | CNN One person has been taken into police custody in connection with the disappearance of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck, the Salt Lake City Police Department said Friday. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "One person is in Salt Lake police custody in connection to the disappearance of California student," 28 June 2019 Get our daily newsletter Come and share your ideas during a day of exciting discussions, curated content and exhibitions, immersive experiences and the chance to make connections with hundreds of festival attendees. The Economist, "Join us for a day of ideas, debate and inspiration," 28 June 2019 Facebook only claims the right to display that content in connection with Facebook products, a right the company relinquishes if an account is deleted. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Facebook’s new terms of service explains how ads get targeted," 27 June 2019 The Royal Collection Trust pays the facilities management charge to the royal household for services provided in connection with admitting the public to the exhibitions. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "The Royal Family Received an Extra £1 Million Last Year Due to Increased Tourism," 24 June 2019 Spend this week reconnecting with old friends and making new connections. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 23 June 2019 Of the hundreds of cases reviewed, one officer was charged with murder in connection with an on-duty shooting., "Police shootings in Arizona," 19 June 2019

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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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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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