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

The lack of government responsiveness has spurred a surprising array of Hong Kongers to join pro-democracy protesters. The Christian Science Monitor, "Giving brushoffs the brushoff," 5 Sep. 2019 To join our efforts by donating, please click the link in my bio. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "From South Florida, 'Real Housewives’ star Bethenny Frankel helping Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas," 4 Sep. 2019 Her success helped convince her husband, Steven, to join her in her keto journey. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "This Woman Lost 100 Pounds on the Keto Diet—and Eased Her PCOS Symptoms," 3 Sep. 2019 Detroit-area workers for Silverstar Delivery voted 22-7 to join the Teamsters. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Amazon delivery contractors operate with little oversight, report finds," 3 Sep. 2019 As a teary-eyed Gauff gathered her belongings, Osaka approached her and asked her to join her for the post-match interview, which is usually reserved for the winning player. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "This U.S. Open Moment Between Naomi Osaka and Cori 'Coco' Gauff Is the Definition of Sisterhood," 1 Sep. 2019 Their beautiful daughter joined them shortly after in 1981. courant.com, "Cynthia Ann Peterson," 1 Sep. 2019 After the match was over, Naomi approached Coco, the youngest player in the 2019 US Open, and told her to join her for the interview conducted after the game, NBC reported. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Naomi Osaka Invited Cori "Coco" Gauff to Join Her for a US Open Interview," 1 Sep. 2019 This fall, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will embark on their second official royal tour, this time visiting South Africa—and yes, baby Archie Harrison is joining them. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Shares a Personal Message on Instagram About His Upcoming Tour of South Africa," 1 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When the big and the small join forces Tristan Walker built a shaving brand geared to people of color called Bevel. BostonGlobe.com, "Looking far and wide pays off for this nonprofit," 4 Sep. 2019 Plucky penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with a savvy spy to thwart a tentacled villain’s plans to take over the world. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Hobbs and Shaw PG13 Presented by the Fast and Furious franchise, a federal agent and a mercenary join forces to battle a terrorist who has super-human abilities thanks to bio-technology. Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: ‘Angel Has Fallen’ and ‘Overcomer’ open Friday," 20 Aug. 2019 Today, 41 million athletes make up Strava’s community, and a million more join each month. Quartz, "How to turn the things that motivate people into an actual business," 15 June 2019 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

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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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