\ 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 Harry's wife, Meghan Markle, and son, Archie Harrison, did not join him on the trip and instead remained at the Sussex family's home in Montecito, California. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Has Arrived Back in the U.K. Two Days After Prince Philip's Death," 12 Apr. 2021 My niece, Abi, and her 6-year-old son, Sam, will join me for a few days. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Back to Bar Harbor: Reporter revisits his boyhood years to capture the magic of the past," 11 Apr. 2021 For more with Boyd, join us in the coming weeks at Know Your Value. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "LEVELING UP: How to read a room with organizational psychologist Keesha Boyd," 11 Apr. 2021 Please join us in sending messages of support for the Hannas. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, "Celebrity Animal Expert Jack Hanna to Leave Public Life Following Dementia Diagnosis," 8 Apr. 2021 So, join us for worship and the word each Sunday streaming live on Facebook and YouTube at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (noon). Dallas News, "3 reasons why you should choose Concord Church as your new home," 8 Apr. 2021 On April 26, the Cedar City, Manti, Mount Timpanogos (in American Fork), Payson, Provo, Provo City Center and Vernal temples will join them. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Latest from Mormon Land: Dallin Oaks’ ‘supreme’ sacrifice, and General Conference highs and lows," 8 Apr. 2021 Princes Gabriel and Noah join us in surrounding the new couple with all our affection. Stephanie Petit,, "Prince Louis of Luxembourg Announces Engagement — and His Ex-Wife Reacts," 6 Apr. 2021 The only downside is the grandparents, who aren’t very mobile anymore, likely couldn’t join us. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Child-averse couple faces kid kryptonite," 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Seeing Caufield join Geoffrion shouldn’t have surprised anyone who followed college hockey this season. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cole Caufield becomes the second Wisconsin hockey player to win the prestigious Hobey Baker Award," 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, "DMX’s legacy in 12 songs," 9 Apr. 2021 Deliciousness Angela Kinsey, Kel Mitchell and Tim Chantarangsu join Tiffani Thiessen to discuss food fusions in the opener of the two-episode season premiere. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Good Doctor’; NCAA Basketball," 21 Mar. 2021 Two sergeants and a private join others lost in war along the 1967 Cambodian border. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 All three join Daisy and Fletcher Previn, who appeared in previous episodes, in voicing their support of Dylan. Washington Post, "‘Allen v. Farrow’: 4 takeaways from the final episode, which focuses on the fallout of the trial," 15 Mar. 2021 Two sergeants and a private join others lost in war along the 1967 Cambodian border. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘The Searchers’; ‘Forrest Gump’," 12 Mar. 2021 To learn more on this topic join Forrester at B2B Summit North America by registering here. Forrester, Forbes, "Six Insights-Driven Best Practices For Sales And Marketing Leaders," 12 Mar. 2021 Two sergeants and a private join others lost in war along the 1967 Cambodian border. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Lust for Life’; ‘Platoon’ and more," 5 Mar. 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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17 Apr 2021

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“Join.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 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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