\ 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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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

Northern Ireland's peace deal largely ended three decades of violence between Irish nationalists who wanted the region to join the Republic of Ireland and pro-British unionists who wanted it to remain British. NBC News, "Explosive thrown at house of former Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams," 14 July 2018 Nee was joined by Governor Charlie Baker, Major Richard Ball from State Police, and Senator Michael Moore. Sophia Eppolito,, "State officials, animal advocates highlight danger of leaving pets in hot vehicles," 13 July 2018 To discuss we are joined by the president's top lawyer in the Mueller probe former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani: Strzok's defense is ridiculous, pathetic," 13 July 2018 Henry will soon set up shop, a general store specializing in cotton goods, in Montgomery, Ala., where he is joined by his younger brothers, Emanuel (Mr. Miles) and Mayer (Mr. Godley). Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Is a Transfixing Epic of Riches and Ruin," 13 July 2018 He was joined in support by Councilwoman Barbara Bry of La Jolla and Councilman Chris Ward of University Heights. David Garrick,, "Proposed ballot measure would hike pay for San Diego elected officials," 12 July 2018 This bird was later joined by a bunny swinging in a hammock down the street and winged creatures floating around a barn on the adjoining street. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Artist with special needs brightens up Berkley with chalk drawings," 12 July 2018 They were joined by other council members and project partners. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Aldermen unveil new app to help combat unemployment in Milwaukee," 12 July 2018 We were joined by members of the Sheriff’s Office command staff, including Matthew Schuler, an assistant sheriff and commander of the Custody Services Bureau. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Richmond’s Mayor Butt meets ICE detainees," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Come join, have a beer, listen to draft discussion and have your question answered. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Bengals Beat Podcast: Official draft primer," 23 Apr. 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


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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

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joinable adjective

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