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 connection (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 Scottsdale police arrested a man in connection with one of two bodies found at Papago Park last week. Monica D. Spencer, The Arizona Republic, 30 May 2021 The man, who was not identified, was being sought in connection with an exchange of gunfire between two men inside an apartment near S. 9th Street and LaSalle Avenue. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 The sheriff in Houston’s Harris County fired 11 employees Friday in connection with the death of a jail inmate in February who was repeatedly hit in the head by guards and then left alone in his jail cell. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Boyd was not charged with a crime in connection with the search at her home. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 29 May 2021 Six people from Alabama have been arrested and charged with federal crimes in connection with the riot. Ashley Remkus |, al, 29 May 2021 Nearly 400 federal cases have been opened against individuals in connection with the riot, according to a database maintained by the Program on Extremism at George Washington University. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2021 Another alleged member of the Oath Keepers has been charged in connection with the Capitol riot, according to court documents unsealed Thursday. Clare Hymes, Cassidy Mcdonald, CBS News, 28 May 2021 Kyle Swanson, 30, was indicted on a charge of unlawful restraint, obstruction of justice and assault in connection with his involvement with the KTS Predators Hunter Organization, according to court records. Wilson Wong, NBC News, 28 May 2021

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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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2 Jun 2021

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“Connection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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