join

verb
\ ˈjȯin \
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

join

noun

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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Other Words from join

Verb

joinable \ ˈjȯi-​nə-​bəl \ adjective

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Verb

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 remaining super-private on her own end, Felicity has often joined her sister on the red carpet, and even gets to hang with stars like Blake Lively, too. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Who Is Felicity Blunt? The Literary Agent Is Related to Both Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci," 1 Feb. 2019 The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Textiles and Wellness Labs joined forces on this test, and our top pick is Yoga Hustle’s The Mat. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "8 Best Yoga Mats to Buy in 2019, According to Yoga and Wellness Experts," 28 Jan. 2019 Big brother Saint, 3, joined baby Chicago in the passenger seat and took control of the steering wheel, while Chi sucked her pacifier and North sat on the hood of the truck. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Daughter, Chicago West, Gets a Mini Mercedes G-Wagon to Match with Mom," 16 Jan. 2019 The superstar joined the panel of coaches on The Voice this year and proved her prowess as a mentor when two of her team members, Brynn Cartelli from season 14 and Chevel Shepherd from season 15, both took home the grand prize. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "Why Kelly Clarkson Would Be 'Afraid' to Let Her Kids Compete on a Reality TV Show," 30 Dec. 2018 Actually, Elon Musk supposedly joined a subreddit about memes recently, and that was quite the discussion. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Casey Newton and Louie Swisher on the 300th episode of Recode Decode," 2 Dec. 2018 The show references the contestants joining them in LA, but the mansion is actually located in Agoura Hills, a city in Los Angeles county. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About The Bachelor Mansion," 14 Nov. 2018 The streaming site has a lot in store for us in February, with broadway classics like Hairspray joining the roster of available movies. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s What’s Coming to/Leaving Netflix in February 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 Prince William took to the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos this Wednesday, joining an impressive line-up of mental health advocates from around the globe. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Has an Interesting Theory About Why the British Have Trouble Expressing Emotion," 23 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Across Asia, over 40,000 new customers a week join Toys ‘R’ Us’s customer loyalty program, which now numbers roughly 20 million members, Chief Commercial Officer Jo Hall said. Ese Erheriene, WSJ, "Toys ‘R’ Us Gears Up For Holiday Sales—in Asia," 24 Nov. 2018 Fab Five’ join forces in their new show, Get a Room with Carson & Thom. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Original 'Queer Eye' Stars Reunite For TV's Most Stylish Home Makeover Show," 19 Oct. 2018 Even English-speaking American who do not speak Spanish join in and learn the chants to sing along with the group. José Luis Sánchez Pando, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Fire kick Sector Latino out of Toyota Park," 10 June 2018 The 25-year-old joins from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach and has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League side. SI.com, "Southampton Confirm Signing of Jannik Vestergaard on Four-Year Deal From Borussia Monchengladbach," 13 July 2018 Baby number five joins siblings Drake (13), Ella (11), Duke (nine), and Emmie Kay (eight). Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Chip & Joanna Gaines Welcome New Baby & Our Shiplap-Loving Hearts Are Bursting," 23 June 2018 He is scheduled to appear in court in join in connection with his case. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Meek Mill enters Hot 97's Summer Jam popping wheelie on ATV," 11 June 2018 Albanian international Hysaj is also a player understood to be wanted by a number of clubs this summer, including a possible reunion with former manager Maurizio Sarri should the Italian join Chelsea. SI.com, "Napoli Reportedly Close to Finalising Deal for Austrian International Stefan Lainer," 10 June 2018 That basic join is how most precision targeting actually work. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Former Facebook ad targeting boss Antonio García-Martínez on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of join

Verb

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

Noun

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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join

verb

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)

join

verb
\ ˈjȯin \
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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