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 Malone's other significant connection to Indiana is tailor Jerry Lee Atwood, who's made several Western suits for the six-time Grammy Award nominee. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Post Malone greets fans at an Indianapolis Olive Garden," 9 Feb. 2020 The connection between Madrid statement and D.C. rejoinder isn’t always clear, although one stateside artist succeeds by skewing far from the original. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: A D.C.-Madrid ‘conversation’ beween artists, two shows infused with color and light, and Persian perspectives," 7 Feb. 2020 But the connection between the dimming of a star and its eventual explosion is tenuous at best. NBC News, "Astronomers want to see a supernova. A dimming star is giving them hope.," 5 Feb. 2020 Indeed, it could be argued that the S.A.-connection isn't even the prime subject here; Bell Pottinger co-founder Tim Bell is. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Influence': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 4 Feb. 2020 What's the connection between a brightly colored subcompact crossover from Kia and an NFL rookie? Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Kia’s Newest SUV, 2021 Seltos, Featured in Super Bowl Commercial," 3 Feb. 2020 While border crossings have been slashed by around 80% and many flights to and from mainland China have been stopped, some connections are still open. James Griffiths, CNN, "The Wuhan coronavirus death toll in mainland China has overtaken SARS," 3 Feb. 2020 Love Is Blind is a social experiment that charges its participants to find love beyond what's on the outside, trying to discover if an emotional connection is enough to solidify a real and lasting romantic bond. Ineye Komonibo,, "Netflix’s New Love Is Blind Is Like The Bachelor — If The Contestants Couldn’t See Each Other," 31 Jan. 2020 The connection to Bryant is that the target score will be determined by the total points the team in the lead scored over the first three quarters, plus 24 -- the jersey number Bryant wore for the final decade of his career. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "NBA All-Star Game will honor Kobe Bryant with one of several format changes," 30 Jan. 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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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Connection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 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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