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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The $500 million line would connect several new renewable energy projects. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 July 2022 In the early 2000s, the Backstreet Boys had an intense fandom, but there were limited ways for people to connect outside of in-person events. Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post, 24 July 2022 Speed Queens 🥇💨@Melissajanae21, @abbysteiner1, @J_Prandini and @TeeTeeTerry_ connect for gold in the women's 4x100m relay! Eddie Pells, Baltimore Sun, 23 July 2022 So despite their potential risks, these online communities where people can connect, share, and find even an ounce of hope often fill gaps that the American medical establishment cannot. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, 22 July 2022 Unlimited number of devices can connect simultaneously. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 Most smartwatches with an LTE (or 5G) connection today won't connect universally in every country as the modem has limited band support, but that won't be the case here. Wired, 20 July 2022 But doing shows is one of the best ways to really connect with people. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2022 Find the best ways to connect and co-create: Leaders need to create a safe space where new ways of working can emerge to nurture innovation, engagement and fulfilling work. Matt Symonds, Forbes, 18 July 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/connect. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for connect

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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