Definition of connect
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 flightsb : 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
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.
connectableor less commonly
connectibleplay \kə-ˈnek-tə-bəl\ adjective
connectoror less commonly
connecterplay \kə-ˈnek-tər\ noun
connect the dots
: to link together logically related elements in order to draw a conclusion trying to connect the dots in the investigation
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.
Recent Examples of connect from the Web
Many of the people charged are related to him or directly connected to him.
To that end, U. of C. Medicine recently announced a new initiative aimed at connecting more kids on the South Side with asthma care.
The PNW early childhood education program connects its students with hands-on learning experiences at area schools, libraries and community agencies serving children and their families.
The Trumps, however, were connected to Favor Bank politicians in the Brooklyn Democratic machine, which, in tandem with the Mob bosses, still influenced who got many of the judgeships and patronage jobs.
Afghan forces were trying to clear Taliban checkpoints on the highway connecting Kunduz to Kabul.
And since the CPI-U is directly connected to non-medical inflationary factors—like say oil and energy crashes—there will almost certainly be years in the future where Medicaid doesn’t grow at all, even as the cost of medicine does.
That lead was extended to 2-0 in the 71st minute after a shot from Luke Spencer connected.
The role of education in movements of racial uplift and liberation has been a through-line connecting virtually every such initiative from DuBois’ writing to the present day.
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Origin and Etymology of connect
Middle English, from Latin conectere, connectere, from com- + nectere to bind
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of connect
CONNECT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of connect for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of connect for Students
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.
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