- 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 reconnect
Many of the aforementioned guys who did her dirty in high school have tried to reconnect of late.‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
October 7, 2014
I needed to go to a place where I could reconnect with my own humanity, and that of strangers.
What better way to reconnect with his fan base than to play the heartthrob he was once best known as?Zac Efron’s Eyes Are Up Here, Ladies
April 15, 2014
People returning home from prison struggle to reconnect with their families, find work and adhere to burdensome parole conditions.Are Prisons Bleeding Us Dry?
Sheila A. Bedi
December 1, 2013
However, King made clear that he wasn't just going to South Carolina "to reconnect" but also to "start new friendships."Steve King Plays Coy On Presidential Ambitions
August 10, 2013
Reconnect the screen: I've had the burned-out fuse replaced.The Affair of the Brains
His next work was to reconnect the severed connectors and controls.Invaders from the Infinite
John Wood Campbell
All he had to do was unclip it and reconnect it to the drone-control input.The Scarlet Lake Mystery
Harold Leland Goodwin
Pull slack out of cord in lamp so that socket rests in socket cap, replace shell and reconnect cap.Electricity for the 4-H Scientist
Eric B. Wilson
Cap'n Mike said it would be easy for anyone to disconnect Smugglers' Light and then reconnect it.Smugglers' Reef
- to link or be linked together again
- 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 reconnect
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.