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
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 But there were moments in which the connection to Adam still felt very much alive. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Adam had a heart attack at 39. His tissue donation saved lives and cemented his legacy.," 3 July 2020 Some wondered about the connection of NCAA vice president of regulatory affairs Stan Wilcox, who was Florida State’s athletic director during Fisher’s acrimonious move to College Station. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "What early recruiting violations will mean for Jimbo Fisher’s legacy at Texas A&M," 3 July 2020 Congress has already approved more than $2.2 billion to support COVID-19-related research and vaccine development, and the senators suggested that some of that funding could be used to examine the possible connection. David Levinsky, USA TODAY, "Does PFAS exposure make you more vulnerable to coronavirus? NJ senator wants a study to find out," 1 July 2020 In tests that were run last year by CNN Business, Stadia showed minimal lag thanks to the cloud, and the graphics loaded seamlessly on mobile, even in particularly intense battle scenes — as long as the internet connection was strong. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook bet on gaming. Here's how they've done so far," 28 June 2020 The local connection has made the bonding process go faster. David Hinojosa,, "Flying Chanclas’ Texas Collegiate League roster has local flavor," 25 June 2020 When he was introduced to a mother, Trixi, 50, and her daughter Tanya, 29, the connection was there, the zoo said. Emma Dale, Detroit Free Press, "Rejected by mom, 5-month-old chimpanzee finds new adoptive family at Detroit Zoo," 25 June 2020 Thomas is doubtful, but says a telemedicine center linked to doctors in Montgomery might work -- assuming the Internet connection improves. Margaret Newkirk,, "Rural Alabama County Fights Virus Outbreak With Just One Doctor," 23 June 2020 The Klan connection is a frequent accusation from Pike’s critics and one which the Masons dispute. Time, "D.C. Protesters Topple Statue of Confederate General and Set It on Fire," 20 June 2020

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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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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Connection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce connection (audio)

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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