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 connect (audio) \ adjective
connector or less commonly connecter \ kə-​ˈnek-​tər How to pronounce connect (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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Recent Examples on the Web Patients could use the kiosks to check in with their care team and connect their phones to a wireless signal to upload data from their phones or tablets. Dallas News, "Can Dallas County help close the digital divide? Commissioner J.J. Koch thinks so.," 3 May 2021 Joellen Persad, a young physics teacher at Madison Park High School in Boston, stood out for her energy, and for trying to connect to her students emotionally during the pandemic. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Teacher Appreciation Week: In a tough year, these educators stood out -- and gave us hope.," 3 May 2021 Wilson, 55, has recruited numerous Alaskans and helped connect numerous others to junior college and other levels of college basketball in his 30 years as a Division I and Division II coach. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "By signing East Anchorage guard Hasaan Herrington, a former T-bird-turned-college-coach goes full circle," 2 May 2021 If Republicans need to file redistricting lawsuits, Kincaid said his group can connect them with attorneys. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Who will get zapped when Ohio redraws congressional maps?," 1 May 2021 Members of the Manchester Garden Club are working with the town and other civic organizations, to connect Manchester to the Pollinator Pathway., "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 30 Apr. 2021 The original markup had plans to connect New York City to Washington, D.C., in 90 minutes. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "How 'Amtrak Joe' Biden's infrastructure push could put rail back on track in the US," 30 Apr. 2021 For example, our vast network of roads and highways and the bridges that connect them; transit, which never turns a profit through direct user fees but sustains dense cities; and flood control, parks, and schools. Nicole Gelinas, Washington Examiner, "Joe Biden's magic word," 29 Apr. 2021 These loans operate through online marketplaces that connect you with potential investors. Steve Byrne, Forbes, "How To Raise Capital For Your Real Estate Projects," 28 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'connect.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of connect was in the 15th century

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6 May 2021

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“Connect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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


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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