[ kuh-nekt ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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.

  2. to establish communication between; put in communication: Operator, will you please connect me with Mr. Jones?

  1. to have as an accompanying or associated feature: pleasures connected with music.

  2. 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.

  3. to associate mentally or emotionally: She connects all telegrams with bad news.

  4. to link to an electrical or communications system; hook up: to connect a telephone.

verb (used without object)
  1. to become connected; join or unite: These two parts connect at the sides.

  2. (of trains, buses, etc.) to run so as to make connections (often followed by with): This bus connects with a northbound bus.

  1. Informal. to have or establish successful communication; make contact: I connected with two new clients today.

  2. Informal. to relate to or be in harmony with another person, one's work, etc.: We knew each other well but never connected.

  3. Slang. (of a drug dealer or user) to make direct contact for the illegal sale or purchase of drugs, as narcotics.

  4. Sports. to hit successfully or solidly: The batter connected for a home run. The boxer connected with a right.

  1. of or relating to a connection or connections: connect charges for a new cable television channel.

Origin of connect

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin connectere, equivalent to con- “with, together” + nectere “to tie”; see con-, nexus

Opposites for connect

Other words from connect

  • con·nect·i·ble, con·nect·a·ble, adjective
  • con·nect·i·bil·i·ty, con·nect·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • mis·con·nect, verb
  • re·con·nect, verb (used with object)
  • sub·con·nect, verb

Words Nearby connect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use connect in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for connect


/ (kəˈnɛkt) /

  1. to link or be linked together; join; fasten

  2. (tr) to relate or associate: I connect him with my childhood

  1. (tr) to establish telephone communications with or between

  2. (intr) to be meaningful or meaningfully related

  3. (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

  4. (intr) informal to hit, punch, kick, etc, solidly

  5. (intr) US and Canadian informal to be successful

  6. (intr) slang to find a source of drugs, esp illegal drugs

Origin of connect

C17: from Latin connectere to bind together, from nectere to bind, tie

Derived forms of connect

  • connectible or connectable, adjective
  • connector or connecter, noun

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