\ 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 Columnist Jim Souhan will join her again, their sixth pairing as our Olympics writers. Chris Carr, Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 In addition to the GED classes, Leffler invited Asher to join her career preparation course. Clare Proctor, USA TODAY, 17 July 2021 In addition to the GED classes, Leffler invited Asher to join her career preparation course. Clare Proctor, The Indianapolis Star, 17 July 2021 The cookbook author, 73, invited her Instagram followers to join her for a quick tour of the massive garden at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. on Thursday. Abigail Adams,, 15 July 2021 And in June, actor-writer-producer Rae was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 Developers are invited to join the waitlist on Google’s website. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 12 July 2021 The Mother McAuley and Monmouth College graduate picked up garbage on her 37th birthday in 2020 and invited people to join her. Jeff Vorva,, 11 July 2021 Now, she is invited to join the men on their hunting expeditions. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 10 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Josie suggests a wellness retreat for witches to try to get a hold over Hope’s negative emotions, and Alaric and Dorian join forces to potentially help MG get out of trouble. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Utah poet laureate Paisley Rekdal join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 July 2021 Sign up for our Coronavirus Watch newsletter for updates to your inbox an join our Facebook group. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 14 June 2021 The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles and UCLA Film & Television Archive join forces for a virtual screening of this classic 1939 melodrama starring Golden Age of Mexican Cinema icon Fernando Soler. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 Meanwhile, as the momentum spreads to expand the concept,the Minnesota Legislatureshould overcome its inertiato join the large andgrowing number of statesand localities with their mini-FMLA's. Marshall H. Tanick, Star Tribune, 13 June 2021 The parents of a 16-year-old California boy who died from a fentanyl overdose join 'America's Newsroom' to discuss their bid to get social media apps to change their policies. Fox News, 11 June 2021 Sparks fly when a bearded blacksmith and marketing executive join forces. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 2 June 2021 Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Saturday in their join news conference at the conclusion of the draft, his thumb pointed toward his partner in revitalizing the Browns. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 2 May 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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22 Jul 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.


transitive verb

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

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joinable adjective

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