\ 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Morty’s other half, Rick, will join the lineup sometime during Season 1 as well. Kris Holt, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 In addition to the Silvestrov, Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova will join the orchestra to perform Chopin’s second piano concerto, which was first performed by the composer in Warsaw in 1830. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 Matt Kvarda, managing director at Alvarez & Marsal, will join as interim CFO, effective Oct. 1. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, 12 Aug. 2022 And later this year, an assisted road bike called Futa will join Ducati’s current lineup of electric mountain bikes, which include the MIG-S, TK-01RR and TK-01RR Limited Edition. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 2022 On Saturday night a group of musicians will join on the CiderBoys stage for a Scottish Rock performance, showing how Celtic music influenced everyone from Rod Stewart and Lewis Capaldi. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2022 Grudin next month will join NFT digital-collectibles company Dapper Labs as chief business officer. Todd Spangler, Variety, 10 Aug. 2022 The Fan will join us to talk Browns and Deshaun Watson. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 10 Aug. 2022 Emmons will join five running backs on Houston’s roster. Mark Inabinett |, al, 10 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After the initial gaps were found in the aft section, Boeing put together a team to examine the areas where other sections of the fuselage join. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, 26 June 2022 The 10 countries moving forward from the second semi-final join the 10 nations that advanced after Tuesday’s first semi-final: Ukraine, Armenia, Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Switzerland. Fred Bronson, Billboard, 12 May 2022 The Hollywood Reporter previously reported that Jason Momoa is set to the join the 10th installment, directed by Justin Lin and scheduled for release on May 19, 2023. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Apr. 2022 Stay: Recovery and retro luxury join forces at Nové Lázně, one of the country’s leading hotel spas. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, 21 July 2022 Nathan Peterman and Trevor Siemian join Fields as the Bears’ quarterbacks this offseason, but Chicago is preparing Fields to start. Mark Inabinett |, al, 1 July 2022 Be your best work-self at work, but don't let that work-self join family dinner. Bob Bennett, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Regardless of which schedule format the SEC selects for its future after Oklahoma and Texas join, AU’s schedule should at least ease up a bit. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 But mostly, the perfume of garlic and ginger join forces to flatter the scallop. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 See More

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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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\ 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.


transitive verb

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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