join

verb
\ 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

join

noun

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

Verb

joinable \ ˈjȯi-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce joinable (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

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

NAMES Legendary jazz composer, arranger, and pianist Billy Childs will join Berklee College of Music this upcoming academic year as a visiting scholar. Sarah Wu, BostonGlobe.com, "Legendary jazz composer Billy Childs to join Berklee as a visiting scholar this fall," 11 July 2019 David Perel and Caroline Lerner Perel joined the company July 1 as chief investment officer and chief development officer, respectively. Dallas News, "Hotel investor NewcrestImage wants to raise $250 million for national expansion," 10 July 2019 Kelley joined the Indians as an eighth-grader playing jayvee, giving DeLoach an opportunity to fulfill the request Steve made during his last days. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Kelley Lynch Wins Gatorade's 2019 National Female Athlete of the Year," 10 July 2019 Unlike many successful musicians, Piyawat didn't begin to fully explore his passion for music until his teenage years, joining his high school's marching band as a trombone player. Karla Cripps, CNN, "Meet the rebel Thai composer taking music to unheard heights," 10 July 2019 Simmons reprises the role here, making him the first actor from a different set of films to join the current Marvel universe as the same character. Kyle Buchanan, New York Times, "‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’: The Screenwriters Explain the Twists," 9 July 2019 Shepherd & Moore joined Whitley, Coles and Comarcho as part of the ESSENCE After Dark comedy series debut at the 2019 ESSENCE Festival. Rivea Ruff, Essence, "Jess Hilarious And Sherri Shepherd Get Candid About Facing Backlash As Comediennes In A ‘Cancel Culture’ Society," 9 July 2019 New to Dine Downtown are the SuperGood Kitchen, which recently opened on Santa Clara Street, and Ozumo, which is located at Santana Row but has joined the Downtown Association as an associate member. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Dine Downtown deals return to San Jose from July 19-28," 8 July 2019 Krista Torralva joined the Express-News in 2018 as an education reporter. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "Refugees in San Antonio challenge, enrich preschools," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition, Leitschuh found that attackers could also launch a denial of service attack against Macs by using the same mechanism to overwhelm them with join requests. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam," 9 July 2019 In it, the daughter of a psychic who is pretending to be one herself and the single mother of a sick 4-year-old join forces and face their secrets to solve their problems. Carole Goldberg, courant.com, "Write Stuff: Luanne Rice kicks off CT Authors Trail," 3 July 2019 So when the three join together in holy matrimony, the result can be pretty damn satisfying—not to mention Instagram-ready. Glamour, "The Mother of All Pool Floats Is Shaped Like a Rosé Bottle—and It's Only $19," 23 June 2019 Across Asia, over 40,000 new customers a week join Toys ‘R’ Us’s customer loyalty program, which now numbers roughly 20 million members, Chief Commercial Officer Jo Hall said. Ese Erheriene, WSJ, "Toys ‘R’ Us Gears Up For Holiday Sales—in Asia," 24 Nov. 2018 Fab Five’ join forces in their new show, Get a Room with Carson & Thom. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Original 'Queer Eye' Stars Reunite For TV's Most Stylish Home Makeover Show," 19 Oct. 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "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. SI.com, "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, refinery29.com, "Chip & Joanna Gaines Welcome New Baby & Our Shiplap-Loving Hearts Are Bursting," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of join

Verb

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

Noun

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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join

verb

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)

join

verb
\ 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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