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1 to be adjacent to
  • the condo complex joins the golf course

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2 to become a member of
  • we're always looking for new people to join our book club

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3 to come together to form a single unit
  • one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms join to make one water molecule

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4 to participate or assist in a joint effort to accomplish an end
  • nations joining to bring aid to the earthquake-devastated region

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5 to put or bring together so as to form a new and longer whole
  • the plan is to join the various bike paths so that cyclists can travel from one end of the cape to the other

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Synonyms & Antonyms of join (Entry 2 of 2)

a place where two or more things are united
  • a small crack in the chalice at the join of the stem and the bowl

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Frequently Asked Questions About join

How does the verb join differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of join are associate, combine, connect, link, relate, and unite. While all these words 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

When would associate be a good substitute for join?

While the synonyms associate and join are close in meaning, associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation.

opera is popularly associated with high society

When is combine a more appropriate choice than join?

The words combine and join can be used in similar contexts, but combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit.

combined jazz and rock to create a new music

When could connect be used to replace join?

The meanings of connect and join largely overlap; however, connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity.

a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations

Where would link be a reasonable alternative to join?

The synonyms link and join are sometimes interchangeable, but link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity.

a name forever linked with liberty

When is it sensible to use relate instead of join?

The words relate and join are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection.

related what he observed to what he already knew

When can unite be used instead of join?

In some situations, the words unite and join are roughly equivalent. However, unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity.

the colonies united to form a republic

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

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“Join.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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