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joined; joining; joins

transitive verb

: to put or bring together so as to form a unit
join two blocks of wood with glue
: to connect (separated items, such as points) by a line
: to put or bring into close association or relationship
two people joined in marriage
: to come into the company of (someone)
She joined us for lunch.
: to associate oneself with
joined the church
join the navy
: to enter into or engage in (battle)
perhaps as many as 100 aircraft joined battle simultaneously Peter Hellman
: adjoin
his studio there joined that of the famous sculptor J. T. Marshall

intransitive verb

: to come into close association or relationship: such as
: 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.
: to take part in a collective activity
usually used with in
join in singingjoin in an effort
: to form an alliance
: to come together so as to be connected
nouns join to form compounds
the place where two rivers join
: adjoin
the two estates join
joinable adjective


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: something that joins two things : a place or line where joining occurs : joint
the join of lid and box
mathematics : union sense 2d
Choose the Right Synonym for join

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

Example Sentences

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
The schools will be among the 50 new schools to join Verizon’s Innovative Learning Schools for the 2022-23 school year, equipping almost 30,000 students- around 561 schools nationwide- with the latest technological resources. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2022 At that point, the funnyman immediately drops his phone and jogs to the bathroom to join his girlfriend. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Nov. 2022 Chanen and his group of close friends often met for lunch and always invited former Gov. Rose Mofford to join on her birthday, Smith said. Corina Vanek, The Arizona Republic, 17 Nov. 2022 Baseball’s top pitching prospect had worked his way back from a midseason lat muscle strain with enough time to join the Orioles for what would have been his major league debut. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 17 Nov. 2022 The regents have conceded that UCLA rightfully used its delegated authority to agree to join the Big Ten. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 In the past decade, thousands have traveled from around the world to learn from Abdullah how to grow corals, some eventually leaving their jobs to join his projects full time. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2022 Shoring up the workforce To alleviate the forensic-pathologist shortage, the first priority is to recruit young doctors to join the field, Pinneri says. Time, 16 Nov. 2022 Hunt responded that the last three members to join the City Council, all of whom had caucus support were women, noting efforts were made to recruit other women for the 2023 campaign. Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use


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


1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of join was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Join.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: to bring or fasten together in close contact
join hands
: to connect (as points) by a line
: to become joined
place where two roads join
: to come or bring into close association
join a club
join in marriage
: to come into the company of
join friends for lunch
: adjoin sense 2
the two farms join
: to take part with others in an activity
join in singing

Legal Definition

: to unite so as to form one unit
join the claims in one action
: to align oneself with especially in a legal matter
she joined her husband as plaintiff
: 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 party Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 19(a)
compare consolidate, implead, interplead, intervene
: to enter into or participate in
join the suit

intransitive verb

: to come together so as to form a unit
the other victims of the scheme joined in the suit
: to commence involvement or participation
a person who refuses to join as a plaintiff may be made either a defendant, or…an involuntary plaintiff Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 19(a)
join issue or join the issue
: 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
: to take an opposed position on some question
join issue with the conclusion
joinable adjective

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