connection

noun

con·​nec·​tion kə-ˈnek-shən How to pronounce connection (audio)
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
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
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 See More
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Word History

Etymology

Latin connexion-, connexio, from conectere — see connect

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of connection was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Connection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/connection. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

connection

noun
con·​nec·​tion kə-ˈnek-shən How to pronounce connection (audio)
1
: the act of connecting
2
: the fact or condition of being connected : relationship
the connection between dirt and disease
3
a
: a thing that connects
b
: a means of communication
a bad telephone connection
c
: a means of continuing a trip (as by train)
4
a
: a person connected with others (as by kinship)
b
: a social, professional, or commercial relationship

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