\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



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


joinable \ ˈjȯi-​nə-​bəl \ 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


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!


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

Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, who joined the young Orioles organization way back in 1955 and became one of the most beloved players in the history of Major League Baseball, has rejoined the team in an advisory position. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: Orioles finally welcome Brooks Robinson home, name him special advisor," 15 July 2018 The UN Development Programme found that 71% of people who joined jihadist groups in Africa did so in response to brutality by the security forces. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 Doyon, who joined the department in 2015, suffered burns to his ears and neck and left the hospital Friday night. Laura Crimaldi,, "‘He was totally engulfed in flames’: Witnesses recount blaze that injured two Everett firefighters," 14 July 2018 Emma Roberts, Lena Dunham, January Jones, and Lisa Love were among those who joined founder Cassandra Grey at her flagship store in West Hollywood. Julia Russo, Vogue, "Violet Grey and Beats by Dre Join Forces With a Private Party in Los Angeles," 13 July 2018 Sky Sports News are reporting that Willian has been on Barca's radar for at least three months, with the club still looking to fill the void left on the wing by Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain last year., "Barcelona Make Second Bid Worth £53m for Chelsea Forward Willian After Seeing First Offer Rejected," 12 July 2018 The piano-playing crooner isn't the only one who could join that exclusive club when the 70th Emmy Awards air on Sept. 17 — Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are also on their way to EGOT status. Mesfin Fekadu,, "An Emmy from being an EGOT: John Legend, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul nearby," 12 July 2018 With its youthful makeover replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne with Alex Bowman and rookie William Byron — who joined third-year driver Chase Elliott as team drivers in their 20s — the four-car team has seven top-5 finishes. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "6 reasons 2018 is one of the weirdest NASCAR seasons," 12 July 2018 Jim Jordan, who joined Ohio State in 1986 and was assistant coach from 1987 to 1995, is now a powerful Republican congressman. CBS News, ""A gauntlet of sexual deviancy": Ex-athletes describe lewd atmosphere at Ohio State," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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,, "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., "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,, "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,, "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., "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 Beyoncé and Jay-Z join forces as world tour tickets go on sale Will the 36-city On the Run 2 world tour starring Beyoncé and Jay-Z mean new music from the duo? Editors, USA TODAY, "5 things you need to know Monday," 19 Mar. 2018 In the moonlit garden, Ivan and his beloved join lips, while her companions all gaze in wonder. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "In ‘Firebird,’ the Choreographer’s Art Is in Storytelling," 15 May 2018

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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


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


see join entry 1

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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 \
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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obstinately defiant of authority

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