\ 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 upShe joined up last year.
b : to take part in a collective activity usually used with injoin 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 joinable (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 The amusement park reopened to season pass holders last weekend but those without passes have to wait until Friday to join in the fun and get a crack at the new giga coaster Orion. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Top 5 things to do this weekend in Cincinnati: July 10-12," 8 July 2020 This is the perfect opportunity to join in on the fun and have your own hot dog eating contest at home. Megan Marples, CNN, "How to celebrate a fun Fourth of July at home," 3 July 2020 Ramos is expected to join the Dodgers’ player pool and participate in spring training. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers sign reliever AJ Ramos to a minor league contract," 2 July 2020 Members of the public are also encouraged to join the conversation using the hashtag #OneFreePress and following developments on Twitter @OneFreePress. Wired Staff, Wired, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 1 July 2020 Former Satsuma head coach Justin Thomas was officially approved Thursday night by the Baldwin County Board of Education to join the Toros as offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Ben Thomas |, al, "Former Satsuma coach Justin Thomas returning to Spanish Fort as OL coach, run game coordinator," 26 June 2020 Elizabeth was last to join the call and the first to leave — one piece of royal protocol that Buckingham Palace opted to preserve. USA TODAY, "Queen Elizabeth joins carers in first public video call: 'I’m very impressed by what you have achieved'," 12 June 2020 Then Hubbard asked talented sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe (Rebecca is married to Tyler) to join in. Hector Saldana,, "Ray Wylie Hubbard gets a little help from his friends Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh on new CD ‘Co-Starring’," 10 June 2020 Their goal, in other words, was to join the Chinese world, not subvert it. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "When China Met the West," 6 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The two companies are forming a join venture that will be controlled by Genius Brands. cleveland, "Genius Brands buys rights to post-Marvel Stan Lee characters," 8 July 2020 Those under age 35 are 3.6 times more likely join ally programs than older generations and are more likely to find value in colleagues’ self-identifying as LGBTQ. Fortune, "Study finds gay, white men are overrepresented in LGBTQ employee groups," 23 June 2020 Those under age 35 are 3.6 times more likely join ally programs than older generations and are more likely to find value in colleagues’ self-identifying as LGBTQ. Bloomberg News,, "Most LGBTQ workers in US face discrimination that’s now illegal," 23 June 2020 This could be 1 million barrels-a-day if the U.S. joins, according to four people familiar with sentiment in the industry. Zaid Sabah,, "OPEC+ Meeting Delayed on New Saudi, Russia Rift," 7 May 2020 The target market for this functionality isn't a stumbling end user in the first place; domain joins are by necessity done by the IT professionals who already have privileged Active Directory accounts capable of adding new machines to the domain. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Control Panel isn’t dead yet—but the System applet is looking nervous," 27 Mar. 2020 Demand is surging as police officers, cleaning crews, truck drivers, warehouse staffers, supermarket clerks and other workers in fields deemed essential join health-care workers in a search for limited stockpiles of protective gear. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Industrial Suppliers Under Pressure As Coronavirus-Driven Demand Surges," 2 Apr. 2020 Construction with fewer, longer pieces leaves less to chance in the form of joins and other added labor. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Is a Completely New, Possibly Perfect Way to Build Bridges," 4 Mar. 2020 The actors' newborn joins 2-year-old daughter Ella. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Laura Prepon and Ben Foster Welcome Second Child," 26 Feb. 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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2 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Join.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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