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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Verb

joinable \ ˈjȯi-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce join (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 Corrections Department didn't immediately comment on the new allegations, which join dozens of other state and federal lawsuits already pending against prisons officials related to the riots. Meg Kinnard, Star Tribune, "Lawsuits: SC officials ignored risks ahead of prison riot," 2 Apr. 2021 The case involved the Flint and Chattahoochee rivers in Georgia, which join to form the Apalachicola River at the Florida line. Mark Sherman, ajc, "Supreme Court gives Georgia win in water war with Florida," 2 Apr. 2021 Or join a group outing like those organized by the Brookline Bird Club, founded in 1913. BostonGlobe.com, "When bird is the word," 1 Apr. 2021 Separatist militants have long fought to break the territory away from India and either join Pakistan or become an independent state. New York Times, "Skiing in Himalayas Is ‘Like a Beautiful Dream,’ Despite Conflict and Coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2021 To join the walk or make a donation, visit www.sarc-maryland.org. baltimoresun.com, "SARC’s virtual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event set for April 24," 26 Mar. 2021 Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas pledged to deal with any other party, whether to join a government or to support it from outside the government, in order to increase government aid for Arab towns and cities. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Israeli Elections Produce Another Stalemate over Benjamin Netanyahu," 24 Mar. 2021 Alabama is a right-to-work state, meaning by law workers cannot be compelled to join a union or pay union dues. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "What could an Amazon union mean for Alabama’s auto plants?," 23 Mar. 2021 Submit a question in advance here; join meeting here. San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area political events: Vaccination politics, race in America," 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two sergeants and a private join others lost in war along the 1967 Cambodian border. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 All three join Daisy and Fletcher Previn, who appeared in previous episodes, in voicing their support of Dylan. Washington Post, "‘Allen v. Farrow’: 4 takeaways from the final episode, which focuses on the fallout of the trial," 15 Mar. 2021 Two sergeants and a private join others lost in war along the 1967 Cambodian border. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘The Searchers’; ‘Forrest Gump’," 12 Mar. 2021 To learn more on this topic join Forrester at B2B Summit North America by registering here. Forrester, Forbes, "Six Insights-Driven Best Practices For Sales And Marketing Leaders," 12 Mar. 2021 Two sergeants and a private join others lost in war along the 1967 Cambodian border. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Lust for Life’; ‘Platoon’ and more," 5 Mar. 2021 Two sergeants and a private join others lost in war along the 1967 Cambodian border. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Gandhi’; ‘Forrest Gump’ and more," 26 Feb. 2021 Still broadcasting from Wayne’s mom’s basement in Aurora, Illinois, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey join forces once again to promote Uber Eats. Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, "All the 2021 Super Bowl Commercials," 3 Feb. 2021 Everett already has two join verification positions adjacent to Paine Field south of the giant final assembly building. oregonlive, "Boeing speeds up timeline for consolidating 787 production," 27 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of join was in the 13th century

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5 Apr 2021

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“Join.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/join. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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