\ 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 Although the Maher Law Firm is a small practice, Mokwa said it’s no surprise they were asked to join the lawsuit because of their previous work in mass civil litigation. Monivette Cordeiro,, "Winter Park firm backs lawsuit against Saudi Arabia for Pensacola naval station shooting," 25 Feb. 2021 Biden would only go as far as urging companies like Amazon not to wage anti-union campaigns or interfere with workers attempting to join unions, a White House official told Politico. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Biden won’t publicly endorse Amazon Bessemer workers’ union push: Report," 25 Feb. 2021 Thompson, the panel moderator, invited the audience to join the challenge to promote change on the personal level. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Health disparities stem from racism in medicine and society: Color of Health panel discusses inequities in health care," 25 Feb. 2021 Eventually Lars joined forces with Mary Ann Wheaton, who had been the president of Patrick Kelly, the first American and first person of color to be invited to join the French fashion’s prestigious Chambre Syndicale. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "More Than 30 Years Into His Career, Byron Lars Is Starting Over With In Earnest," 25 Feb. 2021 Washington — President Biden announced his three nominees to join the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors on Wednesday, the first step for the board to potentially oust controversial Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Biden announces 3 nominees to U.S. Postal Service board," 25 Feb. 2021 Last Thursday, his deputy invited the U.S. to join the next meeting of the joint commission that meets regularly under the deal's terms, which would be the first U.S. attendance since Trump withdrew in May 2018. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, "Iran limits UN nuclear inspections while inching closer to talks with US, others," 24 Feb. 2021 Corbett was aware Haywood had been asked to join the board of the Milwaukee Police Foundation, which was scheduled to meet August 13. Gina Barton,, "A rape accusation against a prominent Milwaukee developer set off a series of events that brought years of turmoil to the surface," 24 Feb. 2021 To bolster the movie’s best picture credentials, someone needs to join Cohen. Los Angeles Times, "Here’s the one Oscar nomination these contenders need to win best picture," 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two sergeants and a private join others lost in war along the 1967 Cambodian border. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Gandhi’; ‘Forrest Gump’ and more," 26 Feb. 2021 Still broadcasting from Wayne’s mom’s basement in Aurora, Illinois, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey join forces once again to promote Uber Eats. Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, "All the 2021 Super Bowl Commercials," 3 Feb. 2021 Everett already has two join verification positions adjacent to Paine Field south of the giant final assembly building. oregonlive, "Boeing speeds up timeline for consolidating 787 production," 27 Dec. 2020 Many solo travelers in retirement join, and take trips with, small groups that have a particular focus—such as photography or scuba diving. Glenn Ruffenach, WSJ, "Tips for Retirees Who Want to Travel Solo," 21 Jan. 2021 With a $20,000 grant, Framingham is expanding a longstanding program in which mental health clinicians from an agency join police officers on calls involving people with mental illness issues. John Laidler,, "From body cameras to training, grants help police forces equip for the future," 31 Dec. 2020 Boeing in August grounded eight 787s after discovering quality defects at the join of the aft fuselage. oregonlive, "Boeing speeds up timeline for consolidating 787 production," 27 Dec. 2020 This is in part because women and people of color join science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in much lower numbers than white men. Anjali Vats, The Conversation, "The iconic American inventor is still a white male – and that’s an obstacle to race and gender inclusion," 8 Dec. 2020 Director of Housing and Revitalization Donald Rencher and United Community Housing Coalition Director Ted Phillips are expected join Duggan at the news conference. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Watch live at 3: Mike Duggan to announce 'major commitment' on Detroit water shut-offs," 8 Dec. 2020

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Join.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 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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