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

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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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In July, Ford recalled more than a half-million Fusion and Escape models for these shifter cables, which can break off the transmission due to a bad bushing at the connection point. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Ford Recalls 260,000 More Fusion Sedans for Breaking Shifter Cables," 15 May 2019 Nowhere is this connection more on display, though, than at the spring gala. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "See How 32 Designers Transform a Dining Room in Just a Few Hours," 3 May 2019 But the two obviously still love each other, and despite their new relationships, the connection remains, as made obvious in episode 18. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "8 Signs that Archie and Veronica Are Going to Get Back Together on "Riverdale"," 18 Apr. 2019 Fellow coach Kelly Clarkson quickly picked up on the connection to Blake, and immediately mentioned it (read: came to his rescue) to make sure her pal didn't end up in hot water with his partner. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "The Voice's Blake Shelton Was Awkwardly Accused of Not Knowing Gwen Stefani's Song," 26 Feb. 2019 Epstein’s connections are crucial to understanding his story. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 Other than your involvement, what’s the connection between your Brazilian and your Portuguese airlines? Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "JetBlue Founder David Neeleman on How New Airline Moxy Will Change the Way We Fly," 12 Dec. 2018 In fact, last time the West Bellevue house sold, in 2009, the buyer, a T-Mobile employee at the time, reportedly didn’t know of any Bezos connection until a reporter told him. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue house and garage where Jeff Bezos started Amazon up for sale," 11 Feb. 2019 His breadcrumb trail of connections—from Miguel Ferrer to Carrie Fisher to Elizabeth Taylor, and so on—eventually led him to the White House. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "What Does Gavin de Becker Actually Do for Jeff Bezos?," 8 Feb. 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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connection

noun

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.

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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