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

a : denomination

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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Wyatt views her work with Bags to Butterflies as a connection to the women she was imprisoned with for three years. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Prison to purses: Detroit program gives ex-female felons a 2nd chance," 12 July 2018 Ties to a toxic boss Craig Buffkin, managing partner at Buffkin/Baker, an executive recruiting agency, said Papa John's is unique in maintaining such a long connection to the company's roots. Grace Schneider, USA TODAY, "Analysts: Papa John's better off without a key ingredient: Papa John himself," 12 July 2018 In an unrelated item, several members of the public spoke against a recent proposal to create a connection from Hanson Lane to Warnock Drive via Keyser Road, Equestrian Trail and/or Royal Vista. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Garden advocate wants Ramona Street completion off priority list," 11 July 2018 Neuroticism — a tendency toward negative emotions — has been linked to anxiety and moodiness, and multiple studies have also found a connection between higher levels of the trait and high disgust sensitivity. Cari Romm, The Cut, "What Your Ability to Handle Pimple-Popping Videos Says About You," 11 July 2018 What helps with the grueling schedule, Gloria said, is that the performers feel a personal connection to the show. Margaret Gray,, "They're Gloria and Emilio Estefan, eight shows a week: How the stars of 'On Your Feet!' channel pop heroes," 10 July 2018 Lee said establishing a quick connection to Northern Kentucky could be a game-changer. Melissa Reinert,, "Ferry from Rabbit Hash to Rising Sun to be christened this Thursday," 9 July 2018 Counterterrorism police are investigating a possible connection between the two incidents. Fortune, "What Is Novichok? Why the Russian Nerve Agent Is So Dangerous," 5 July 2018 Watching Raw every week is a connection to his childhood, a bridge to his life before the war and in advance of the 50 surgeries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: AXS TV’s Mark Cuban Hopes for More Live NJPW Specials," 5 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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