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

For Smith, who has played royalty and time-traveling doctors, and is set to join the Star Wars franchise in 2019, being a part of the ads was an honor. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell and Matt Smith Toast Burberry’s Holiday Campaign in New York," 20 Nov. 2018 After so long in development, Brawl Stars is primed to join that elusive club, but with a completely different style of game that has the potential to reach a whole new audience. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Supercell’s new game mixes Fortnite and Clash Royale, and it’s out soon," 14 Nov. 2018 In the 1860s, Scottish mathematical physicist James Clerk Maxwell devised equations joining at the hip the phenomena of magnetism and electricity. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 The new tattoo is the latest to join Halsey's many inked additions. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Got a Tattoo Before Performing on "Saturday Night Live" With Lil Wayne," 11 Nov. 2018 Childhood trauma likely pushes young adults to join the military in search of a new family, stability, and purpose, says Landolphi. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Local media coverage prompted hundreds more to join, and Dunia Montoya, a volunteer assisting the migrants, estimated Sunday that the group had grown to at least 1,600 people. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 As fans pointed out on Twitter, Ariana joins a relatively exclusive group of women with No. 1 single debuts. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Is the First Woman Since Adele to Debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100," 12 Nov. 2018 President Donald Trump has joined the chorus, calling for the recounts to stop and revert back to what was counted on Election Day — or, in other words, an incomplete tally of the votes cast. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The races that still haven’t been called in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia, explained," 12 Nov. 2018

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

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

Noun

see join entry 1

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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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