nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses\ ˈnek-​sə-​səz How to pronounce nexuses (audio) \ or nexus\ ˈnek-​səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) , -​ˌsüs \

Definition of nexus

1 : connection, link the nexus between teachers and students also : a causal link the nexus between poverty and crime
2 : a connected group or series a nexus of theories a nexus of relationships
3 : center, focus The bookstore has become something of a nexus for the downtown neighborhood.— Jane Smiley

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Examples of nexus in a Sentence

the oft-repeated claim that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person through a nexus of six relationships as the nexus for three great religions, Jerusalem has had a troubled as well as illustrious history
Recent Examples on the Web Interferon’s role represents a new nexus in Covid-19’s complex interaction with the human immune system. Jason Gale, Fortune, "Covid-19 scientists flag key immune function as a turning point in life threatening cases," 25 Sep. 2020 A year ago, Dallas police officials were seeing a clear gang and drug nexus with the uptick in violent crime. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Dallas police seeing uptick in gun violence among people who know each other," 15 Sep. 2020 For centuries, Beirut has been a nexus of East meeting West, a sometimes uneasy confluence of cultures and religions, and a historically fractious place of war and peace. Josh Edelson, National Geographic, "After the explosions, how will a jewel of the world rebuild?," 8 Sep. 2020 The province has long been a nexus of corruption and political power within ANC and the party’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule, is a former premier of the region and is Ramaphosa’s biggest political rival. Antony Sguazzin,, "South Africa Widens Corruption Crackdown, Charging Key Figures," 1 Oct. 2020 Though Hong Kong was handed back to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, the city continued to be a nexus of global connections. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The past, present, and future of the fight to control Hong Kong," 30 Sep. 2020 And that gap echoes a broader difference of opinion between workers and leaders over artificial intelligence and the future of technology and the role of workers at the nexus of the two. Matt Egan, CNN, "Workers fear cyborgs will steal their jobs by 2035," 18 Sep. 2020 Her dream is to transform the rolling boutique into an actual brick-and-mortar store in Bronzeville, the city's historical nexus of black culture and entrepreneurship. Agya K. Aning, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Niche Book Bar brings Black literature to Milwaukee via bike while the owner plans a permanent shop," 15 Sep. 2020 The nexus between China, Japan and the U.S. dollar system bears watching. Mike Bird, WSJ, "How the World’s Dullest Market Quietly Created a Synthetic Dollar Empire," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of nexus

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nexus

Latin, from nectere to bind

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The first known use of nexus was in 1663

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23 Oct 2020

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“Nexus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nexus

formal : a relationship or connection between people or things


nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses\ -​sə-​səz How to pronounce nexuses (audio) \ or nexus\ -​səs, -​ˌsüs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \

Medical Definition of nexus

1 : a connection or link
2 : a connected group or series


nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses or nexus\ -​səs, -​ˌsüs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \

Legal Definition of nexus

: a connection or link between things, persons, or events especially that is or is part of a chain of causation

History and Etymology for nexus

Latin, bond, tie, from nectere to bind

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