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

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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 Operatives connected to Joe Biden's presidential campaign have accessed his Senate records stored at the University of Delaware, which remain sealed from the public, according to a new report. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Biden campaign operatives have accessed sealed Senate archive, which may contain Tara Reade file," 30 Apr. 2020 The update on the COVID-19 caseload connected to National Frozen Foods might be the last on the subject for some time. oregonlive, "Coronavirus outbreak grows at Oregon food plant," 29 Apr. 2020 She was denied access to her research data and her Georgia Tech email account and was told not to talk to anyone connected to the university. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Georgia Tech researcher pays a high price for mismanaging an NSF grant," 29 Apr. 2020 And in Italy last year, amid efforts to clamp down on asylum seekers, the government prevented a ship from docking because of health fears connected to the roughly 80 African migrants onboard. Lourdes Medrano/undark, Popular Science, "Migrants don’t carry more viruses than anyone else," 27 Apr. 2020 The legs connected to an aluminum torso structure that supported the user’s legs, back, and hips in an upright position. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "At the Bionic Olympics, Engineers and Athletes Make Miracles," 27 Apr. 2020 Once a booming town connected to logging, Route 66 tourism and uranium mining, Grants took a big economic hit when the mines closed and over the decades many businesses along the main street shuttered and have remain boarded up. CBS News, "Mayor and dozens others defy New Mexico governor's lockdown order," 27 Apr. 2020 Their system uses electrodes on the skin connected to wires that bypass the spinal cord and send those sub-perceptual touch signals to and from the BCI implanted in his motor cortex. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "BCI system gives paralyzed man back his sense of touch with haptic feedback," 24 Apr. 2020 Reasons include, but aren't limited to: employer protest, incomplete information in an application, multi-state claim, or an issue connected to a past unemployment claim. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Patience wearing thin for Kentuckians still awaiting unemployment checks," 24 Apr. 2020

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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5 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Connect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/connect. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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connect

verb
How to pronounce connect (audio)

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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