verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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

Origin of connect

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin connectere, equivalent to con- con- + nectere to tie; see nexus
Related formscon·nect·i·ble, con·nect·a·ble, adjectivecon·nect·i·bil·i·ty, con·nect·a·bil·i·ty, nounmis·con·nect, verbre·con·nect, verb (used with object)sub·con·nect, verb

Synonyms for connect

1. See join.

Antonyms for connect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for connect

Contemporary Examples of connect

Historical Examples of connect

  • All pursuits that serve to connect the soul with the world whence it came are rejected.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • I 'phoned the Star photographer to meet me here, but he's failed to connect.

  • Can you connect a heavy wind with the date of the lost plan?

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • But she could not connect any root-sincerity with his feeling.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • I wonder whether it will occur to you to connect the two last sentences.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for connect



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
Derived Formsconnectible or connectable, adjectiveconnector or connecter, noun

Word Origin for connect

C17: from Latin connectere to bind together, from nectere to bind, tie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

connect in Medicine




To join or fasten together.
To become joined or united.
Related formscon•nector n.
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