\ ˈjȯin How to pronounce join (audio) \
joined; joining; joins

Definition of join

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to put or bring together so as to form a unit join two blocks of wood with glue
b : to connect (separated items, such as points) by a line
2 : to put or bring into close association or relationship two people joined in marriage
3a : to come into the company of (someone) She joined us for lunch.
b : to associate oneself with joined the church join the navy
4 : to enter into or engage in (battle) perhaps as many as 100 aircraft joined battle simultaneously— Peter Hellman
5 : adjoin his studio there joined that of the famous sculptor— J. T. Marshall

intransitive verb

1 : to come into close association or relationship: such as
a : to become a member of a group or organization trying to get more people to join often used with up She joined up last year.
b : to take part in a collective activity usually used with in join in singingjoin in an effort
c : to form an alliance
2a : to come together so as to be connected nouns join to form compounds the place where two rivers join
b : adjoin the two estates join



Definition of join (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that joins two things : a place or line where joining occurs : joint the join of lid and box
2 mathematics : union sense 2d

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joinable \ ˈjȯi-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce join (audio) \ adjective

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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 join in a Sentence

Verb The islands are joined by a bridge. He insisted that I join them for lunch. We're going out for lunch. Would you like to join us? The magician asked for a volunteer from the audience to join him on stage. Everyone here joins me in congratulating you on a job well done! The singer started alone but soon the whole audience joined in. I joined the line and waited patiently to buy a ticket. Hundreds of people have joined the effort to save the building from demolition. He agreed to join the debate. Join the Navy and see the world! Noun a small crack in the chalice at the join of the stem and the bowl
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While other virtual therapy companies, like BetterHelp or Talkspace, must keep recruiting therapists to join their platforms, A.I. apps can take on new users without paying for extra labor. New York Times, 1 June 2021 Lore holds that a French nun in 1803 hoped to join her cousin at the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans. Michelle Krupa, CNN, 1 June 2021 Benson Churgai made history in February 2020 after becoming the first openly transgender recruit to join the Philadelphia Police Department, which employs around 6,500 officers, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Julie Compton, NBC News, 1 June 2021 These are still early days for musical acts from that part of the world enjoying the kind of longevity needed to spend dozens of frames on the tally, but there are sure to be more efforts that join this club in the coming years. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The opportunity to be a part of greatness in a giving sense also spoke to Dr. Nutrena Tate, who received an invitation to join The Links in 2015 and is immediate past president of the Great Lakes chapter. Scott Talley,, 1 June 2021 For all non-Louisiana residents hoping to join the fun, the festival will be available for streaming at and Darlene Aderoju, Billboard, 1 June 2021 Sign up for our Coronavirus Watch newsletter for updates to your inbox and join our Facebook group. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 1 June 2021 Then there’s five-star incoming freshman Camar Wheaton, the No. 33 overall recruit and third-ranked running back in the 247Sports composite, who’ll join the mix this summer. Michael Casagrande |, al, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The scam involving Fifth Third join another scam making the rounds recently in the Cincinnati area: one warning people of fraud on their Amazon accounts. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 31 May 2021 Fagan supports a proposal that would have Oregon join states such as Washington that count ballots as valid as long as they were postmarked no later than Election Day. oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2021 The three join junior forward Rob Banks, sophomores Saunders and Madsen, 6-foot-11 sophomore forward Viktor Lakhin, Newman and Koval on the list of scholarship players available for the Bearcats. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 23 Apr. 2021 About 80% of the teams that sign up join B- or C-level teams, which are recreational. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2021 He was brought to FCC to defend as much as join in the attack, which is in-keeping with Stam's preferred playing style, and Matarrita did both to solid effect in the season-opening 2-2 draw with Nashville SC. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 23 Apr. 2021 That put him in opposition to Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago, where Professor Mundell had returned in 1966 in join the economics faculty. Tom Redburn, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2021 Seeing Caufield join Geoffrion shouldn’t have surprised anyone who followed college hockey this season. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Apr. 2021 The Lox, and relative newcomers Eve and Drag-On join DMX on the title track from the first album. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of join


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for join

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French joindre, from Latin jungere — more at yoke

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The first known use of join was in the 13th century

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4 Jun 2021

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“Join.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of join

: to put or bring (two or more things) together : to connect (two or more things)
: to come together with (something)
: to go somewhere in order to be with (a person or group)


\ ˈjȯin How to pronounce join (audio) \
joined; joining

Kids Definition of join

1 : to come into the company of She joined me in the dining room.
2 : to take part in a group activity We all joined in the chorus.
3 : to come, bring, or fasten together Let's all join hands.
4 : to become a member of I'm joining the club.
5 : to come or bring into close association Both schools joined together to raise funds.
6 : to combine the elements of Join the two sets.
7 : adjoin The two rooms join.

Legal Definition of join

1 : to unite so as to form one unit join the claims in one action
2a : to align oneself with especially in a legal matter she joined her husband as plaintiff
b : to cause or order (a person) to become a party to a lawsuit if a person has not been joined as required, the court must order that the person be made a partyFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 19(a) — compare consolidate, implead, interplead, intervene
c : to enter into or participate in join the suit

intransitive verb

1 : to come together so as to form a unit the other victims of the scheme joined in the suit
2 : to commence involvement or participation a person who refuses to join as a plaintiff may be made either a defendant, or…an involuntary plaintiffFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 19(a)
join issue or join the issue
1 : to accept, fix on, or clearly define an issue as the subject of a legal dispute refused to join issue by filing an answer with the court
2 : to take an opposed position on some question join issue with the conclusion

Other Words from join

joinable adjective

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