- to join, link, or fasten together; unite or bind: to connect the two cities by a bridge; Communication satellites connect the local stations into a network.
- to establish communication between; put in communication: Operator, will you please connect me with Mr. Jones?
- to have as an accompanying or associated feature: pleasures connected with music.
- to cause to be associated, as in a personal or business relationship: to connect oneself with a group of like-minded persons; Our bank is connected with major foreign banks.
- to associate mentally or emotionally: She connects all telegrams with bad news.
- to link to an electrical or communications system; hook up: to connect a telephone.
- to become connected; join or unite: These two parts connect at the sides.
- (of trains, buses, etc.) to run so as to make connections (often followed by with): This bus connects with a northbound bus.
- Informal. to have or establish successful communication; make contact: I connected with two new clients today.
- Informal. to relate to or be in harmony with another person, one's work, etc.: We knew each other well but never connected.
- Slang. (of an addict or drug dealer) to make direct contact for the illegal sale or purchase of narcotics.
- Sports. to hit successfully or solidly: The batter connected for a home run. The boxer connected with a right.
Origin of connect
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Examples from the Web for connect
Brands like Lo & Sons and Delsey are already tapping Travel Noire to connect with black travelers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
Snowden contacted Poitras in mid-January 2013 after failing to connect with Greenwald due to his lack of encryption.Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets
December 1, 2014
The archaeologists I did connect with were not interested in drive-by interviews.
They all connect us to the people and objects and stories of our past.
Sachs adds, “All the senses that connect us with nature are important.”Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled
October 22, 2014
All pursuits that serve to connect the soul with the world whence it came are rejected.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I 'phoned the Star photographer to meet me here, but he's failed to connect.The Bacillus of Beauty
Can you connect a heavy wind with the date of the lost plan?Her Father's Daughter
But she could not connect any root-sincerity with his feeling.A Spirit in Prison
I wonder whether it will occur to you to connect the two last sentences.Cleo The Magnificent</p>
- to link or be linked together; join; fasten
- (tr) to relate or associateI connect him with my childhood
- (tr) to establish telephone communications with or between
- (intr) to be meaningful or meaningfully related
- (intr) (of two public vehicles, such as trains or buses) to have the arrival of one timed to occur just before the departure of the other, for the convenient transfer of passengers
- (intr) informal to hit, punch, kick, etc, solidly
- (intr) US and Canadian informal to be successful
- (intr) slang to find a source of drugs, esp illegal drugs
Word Origin and History for connect
mid-15c., from Latin conectere "join together" (see connection). Displaced 16c. by connex (1540s), from Middle French connexer, from Latin *connexare, a supposed frequentative of conectere (past participle stem connex-). Connect was re-established 1670s.
A similar change took place in French, where connexer was superseded by connecter. Meaning "to establish a relationship" (with) is from 1881. Slang meaning "get in touch with" is attested by 1926, from telephone connections. Meaning "awaken meaningful emotions, establish rapport" is from 1942. Of a hit or blow, "to reach the target," from c.1920. Related: Connected; connecting; connectedness.
- To join or fasten together.
- To become joined or united.