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joined; joining; joins

transitive verb

: to put or bring together so as to form a unit
join two blocks of wood with glue
: to connect (separated items, such as points) by a line
: to put or bring into close association or relationship
two people joined in marriage
: to come into the company of (someone)
She joined us for lunch.
: to associate oneself with
joined the church
join the navy
: to enter into or engage in (battle)
perhaps as many as 100 aircraft joined battle simultaneously Peter Hellman
: adjoin
his studio there joined that of the famous sculptor J. T. Marshall

intransitive verb

: to come into close association or relationship: such as
: 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.
: to take part in a collective activity
usually used with in
join in singingjoin in an effort
: to form an alliance
: to come together so as to be connected
nouns join to form compounds
the place where two rivers join
: adjoin
the two estates join
joinable adjective


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: something that joins two things : a place or line where joining occurs : joint
the join of lid and box
mathematics : union sense 2d
Choose the Right Synonym for join

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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
When the roster was limited during summer league, he was summoned to join the team in July in Las Vegas. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 29 Nov. 2022 After everyone had opened gifts, Onwuachi asked his sister, five years his elder, to join him in the living room. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2022 All are invited to attend and join in the solemn remembrance of the 2,341 American service members and civilians killed in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 28 Nov. 2022 Any players elected would join any selected by the BBWAA for induction next July 23 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Peter Abraham,, 28 Nov. 2022 Some local governments in Henan have recently also asked community officials to join the production line themselves, according to multiple Chinese state media reports. Michelle Toh, CNN, 18 Nov. 2022 After they were furloughed at the restaurant in March 2020, Mr. Sankofa asked her to join him in Morristown. Nia Decaille, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2022 Rolling Thunder Revue when John asked her to join his tour instead. Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022 Ibrahim also embarrassed his dad when Hart asked the father and son to join him for dinner. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French joindre, from Latin jungere — more at yoke

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near join

Cite this Entry

“Join.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: to bring or fasten together in close contact
join hands
: to connect (as points) by a line
: to become joined
place where two roads join
: to come or bring into close association
join a club
join in marriage
: to come into the company of
join friends for lunch
: adjoin sense 2
the two farms join
: to take part with others in an activity
join in singing

Legal Definition

: to unite so as to form one unit
join the claims in one action
: to align oneself with especially in a legal matter
she joined her husband as plaintiff
: 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 party Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 19(a)
compare consolidate, implead, interplead, intervene
: to enter into or participate in
join the suit

intransitive verb

: to come together so as to form a unit
the other victims of the scheme joined in the suit
: to commence involvement or participation
a person who refuses to join as a plaintiff may be made either a defendant, or…an involuntary plaintiff Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 19(a)
join issue or join the issue
: 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
: to take an opposed position on some question
join issue with the conclusion
joinable adjective

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