connect

verb
con·​nect | \ kə-ˈnekt How to pronounce connect (audio) \
connected; connecting; connects

Essential Meaning of connect

1 : to join (two or more things) together Can you connect the hose to the sprinkler? Connect the cable to the battery. See More ExamplesA hallway connects the two rooms. It's the major highway connecting the two towns. A common theme connects the stories.Hide
2 : to join with or become joined to something else The two bones connect at the elbow. The hose connects easily to the sprinkler. The bedroom connects to the kitchen.
3 : to think of (something or someone) as being related to or involved with another person, thing, event, or idea People usually connect [=associate] clowns with the circus. I never connected you with that group of people.

Full Definition of connect

intransitive verb

1 : to become joined The two rooms connect by a hallway. ideas that connect easily to form a theory
2a : to meet for the transference of passengers connecting flights
b : to transfer (as from one airplane to another) as a step in traveling to a final destination passengers connecting with international flights
3 : to make a successful hit, shot, or throw connected for a home run He connected on 60 percent of his shots.
4 : to have or establish a rapport tried to connect with the younger generation
5 : to establish a communications connection connect to the Internet

transitive verb

1 : to join or fasten together usually by something intervening A highway connects the two towns.
2 : to place or establish in relationship Police were unable to connect her to the crime.
connect the dots
: to link together logically related elements in order to draw a conclusion trying to connect the dots in the investigation

Other Words from connect

connectable or less commonly connectible \ kə-​ˈnek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce connect (audio) \ adjective
connector or less commonly connecter \ kə-​ˈnek-​tər How to pronounce connect (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for connect

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 connect in a Sentence

Can you connect the hose to the sprinkler? Connect the cable to the battery. A hallway connects the two rooms. It's the major highway connecting the two towns. A common theme connects the stories. The two bones connect at the elbow. The hose connects easily to the sprinkler. The bedroom connects to the kitchen. I never connected you with that group of people. There's no evidence connecting the company directly to the scandal.
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Recent Examples on the Web Thomas is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, a contributing writer to the Marshall Project and the co-founder of Prison Renaissance, a platform for incarcerated artists to connect with other artists in their field. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 For nearly 40 years, the goal of the Sundance Film Festival has been to connect storytellers and audiences through the medium of cinema. Aramide Tinubu, Essence, 14 Jan. 2022 Samuel Shay, a member of the U.A.E.-Israel Council and a consultant who aims to connect Israeli tech firms with Persian Gulf development projects, said some Israeli companies have struggled to navigate the U.A.E. business environment. Rory Jones, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 This course seeks to connect people with a past that is at once unknown and intimate, invisible and visible. courant.com, 13 Jan. 2022 Adams had served as the senior director of digital storytelling and strategy at The Arizona Republic since 2018, overseeing social media, visuals, podcasting and other efforts to connect the community with the news. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 13 Jan. 2022 The infrastructure project is intended to connect London with the country’s north, but has been criticized as expensive and unnecessary. NBC News, 13 Jan. 2022 The bill includes $65 billion meant to connect hard-to-reach rural communities and low-income city dwellers to high-speed internet. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2022 As more people look to connect with nature and embrace slow travel, the new trail — inspired by other walking pilgrimages around the world — has opened at a good time. Julia Eskins, Travel + Leisure, 12 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of connect

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for connect

Middle English, from Latin conectere, connectere, from com- + nectere to bind

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18 Jan 2022

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“Connect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/connect. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for connect

connect

verb
con·​nect | \ kə-ˈnekt How to pronounce connect (audio) \
connected; connecting

Kids Definition of connect

1 : to join or link together connect two wires A hallway connects the two rooms.
2 : to have something to do with She's not in any way connected to the crime.
3 : to bring together in thought I connect the smell of barbequed food with summer.

Other Words from connect

connector \ -​ˈnek-​tər \ noun

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