connect

verb
con·​nect | \ kə-ˈnekt How to pronounce connect (audio) \
connected; connecting; connects

Definition of connect

intransitive verb

1 : to become joined The two rooms connect by a hallway. ideas that connect easily to form a theory
2a : to meet for the transference of passengers connecting flights
b : to transfer (as from one airplane to another) as a step in traveling to a final destination passengers connecting with international flights
3 : to make a successful hit, shot, or throw connected for a home run He connected on 60 percent of his shots.
4 : to have or establish a rapport tried to connect with the younger generation
5 : to establish a communications connection connect to the Internet

transitive verb

1 : to join or fasten together usually by something intervening A highway connects the two towns.
2 : to place or establish in relationship Police were unable to connect her to the crime.
connect the dots
: to link together logically related elements in order to draw a conclusion trying to connect the dots in the investigation

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Other Words from connect

connectable or less commonly connectible \ kə-​ˈnek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce connectible (audio) \ adjective
connector or less commonly connecter \ kə-​ˈnek-​tər How to pronounce connecter (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for connect

join, combine, unite, connect, link, associate, relate mean to bring or come together into some manner of union. join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness. joined forces in an effort to win combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit. combined jazz and rock to create a new music unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity. the colonies united to form a republic connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity. a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity. a name forever linked with liberty associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation. opera is popularly associated with high society relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection. related what he observed to what he already knew

Examples of connect in a Sentence

Can you connect the hose to the sprinkler? Connect the cable to the battery. A hallway connects the two rooms. It's the major highway connecting the two towns. A common theme connects the stories. The two bones connect at the elbow. The hose connects easily to the sprinkler. The bedroom connects to the kitchen. I never connected you with that group of people. There's no evidence connecting the company directly to the scandal.
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In Alaska, the network is seen as an emerging tool to connect emergency responders in a massive state with scores of villages far removed from roads. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "Big earthquake let Anchorage police test new national broadband network for first responders," 13 June 2019 Sexton Smith has worked to connect at least one interested donor, businessman Stuart Ray, to the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation, to explore the creation of some kind of pools endowment or fundraiser opportunity. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville pools get late push from city lawmakers to open one for part of the summer," 13 June 2019 The well on property provides for the house and all irrigation, and the property is connected to city water. Ramona Sentinel, "Home of the Week - 1331 Ash St. Ramona," 13 June 2019 Some have connected him to New England because of his relationship with Bill Belichick and the Kraft family. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Why Carson Wentz’s Contract Extension Is More Complex Than Most Realize," 13 June 2019 With that said, the duo is well-connected and has surrounded themselves with some of the best in the business — luring away executives from Hulu, Netflix, Snapchat, and Viacom. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Monday, June 10," 10 June 2019 Build shelter tubes on a foundation to connect the termite population underground with food sources above. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Termite tips: How to identify, kill and prevent the voracious pests," 10 June 2019 Chief James Craig says the homicides appear to be connected while speaking to reporters after a body was discovered in a vacant house Wednesday, June 5m 2019, more than two months after the first victim was found. Fox News, "Person of interest in custody in women's deaths in Detroit," 8 June 2019 Meanwhile, a threat of galactic proportions emerges, imperiling humanity’s very existence by harnessing our individual desire to connect as the very means to destroy us. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Stan Lee's A Trick of Light trailer introduces a new superhero story," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of connect

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for connect

Middle English, from Latin conectere, connectere, from com- + nectere to bind

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connect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of connect

: to join (two or more things) together
: to join with or become joined to something else
: to think of (something or someone) as being related to or involved with another person, thing, event, or idea

connect

verb
con·​nect | \ kə-ˈnekt How to pronounce connect (audio) \
connected; connecting

Kids Definition of connect

1 : to join or link together connect two wires A hallway connects the two rooms.
2 : to have something to do with She's not in any way connected to the crime.
3 : to bring together in thought I connect the smell of barbequed food with summer.

Other Words from connect

connector \ -​ˈnek-​tər \ noun

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