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

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to join or fasten together usually by something intervening
A highway connects the two towns.
: to place or establish in relationship
Police were unable to connect her to the crime.
connectable adjective
or less commonly connectible
connector noun
or less commonly connecter
connect the dots
: to link together logically related elements in order to draw a conclusion
trying to connect the dots in the investigation
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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Connect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


con·​nect kə-ˈnekt How to pronounce connect (audio)
: to join or link together directly or by something coming between : unite
towns connected by a railroad
the two bones connect at the elbow
: to attach by personal relationship
connected by marriage
: to bring together in thought
connect the smell of burning leaves with childhood
: to be related
an event connected with our success
: to establish a means of communication
connect to the Internet
connector noun
also connecter

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