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 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

Police are looking for a man in connection with a robbery at a U.S. Bank ATM on the 2500 block of West Wisconsin Avenue. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police searching for a man wanted in connection with a robbery," 17 June 2019 The warrant did not say the FBI has gathered evidence of criminal activity by any of the people named, and no one has been publicly charged in connection with the investigation. Emily Alpert Reyes,, "She worked for L.A.’s building department. Then her name came up in an FBI warrant," 17 June 2019 Cavin, who sued in 2015, is serving a 35 to 60-year sentence after he was convicted on two counts of second-degree murder in connection with homicides in Lake County in 2000. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Prisoner was barred from group worship on some Wiccan holidays. Court says he can sue.," 17 June 2019 Four wrestlers were suspended in connection with that incident. Washington Post, "Minnesota wrestlers accused of criminal sexual conduct," 17 June 2019 When Vega Meza arrived at the jail to be booked for animal cruelty, he was also booked for misdemeanor assault in connection with an attack on another prisoner, Buckeye police said. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Buckeye man arrested after woman's dog found beheaded," 17 June 2019 In October 2008, Simpson was convicted on charges of robbery and kidnapping in connection with a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel room. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "O.J. Simpson Has Joined Twitter: 'I Got a Little Getting Even to Do'," 16 June 2019 Salem police and Yamhill County prosecutors had already arrested 52-year-old Michael John Wolfe, Billy Fretwell’s father, in connection with their deaths., "Bodies of missing Salem woman, Karissa Fretwell, and 3-year-old son found in Yamhill County," 16 June 2019 Police in Montgomery County, Md., have arrested three suspects — ages 21, 17, and 15 — in connection with a brazen gun store break-in that now has been linked to a similar heist 24 hours earlier in neighboring Howard County, officials said Friday. Dan Morse,, "Maryland police make arrests in brazen gun shop burglaries that ended with one suspect fatally shot by officer," 16 June 2019

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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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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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