connection

noun
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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Regardless of the justifiable arguments against yesterday’s activity, OFAC remains a strict liability offense and, for now, funds in Tornado Cash pools are frozen and US citizens cannot interact with funds that have a connection with Tornado Cash. Hailey Lennon, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 The Waldorf Astoria has a deep connection to music culture and culinary innovation. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 9 Aug. 2022 Ward said the Northfield homicides have no connection to the still unsolved shootings of Stephen Reid, 67, and Djeswende Reid, 66, who left their residence in the Alton Woods apartment complex in Concord around 2:22 p.m. April 18. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 There's also no word if Black Adam will have any direct connection to the Shazam! Men's Health, 3 Aug. 2022 Elwood a tight-nit community where most everyone has a connection to someone on the police force Sherry Lane has lived in Elwood for 35 years. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Aug. 2022 Jolie has previously discussed the importance of educators teaching comprehensive Black history and making sure Zahara still has a connection to her Ethiopian roots. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2022 His forthcoming The Woman King does have a connection to the Ryan Coogler directed venture though. Justine Browning, EW.com, 2 Aug. 2022 Usually, bombers have a connection with their victims. Fox News, 31 July 2022 See More

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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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“Connection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/connection. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for connection

connection

noun
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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