[ join ]
/ dʒɔɪn /
verb (used with object)
to bring in contact, connect, or bring or put together: to join hands; to join pages with a staple.
to come into contact or union with: The brook joins the river.
to bring together in a particular relation or for a specific purpose, action, etc.; unite: to join forces against the smugglers.
to become a member of (an organization, party, etc.): to join a club.
to enlist in (one of the armed forces): to join the Navy.
to come into the company of; meet or accompany: I'll join you later.
to participate with (someone) in some act or activity: My wife joins me in thanking you for the gift.
to unite in marriage.
to meet or engage in (battle, conflict, etc.): The opposing armies joined battle.
to adjoin; meet: His land joins mine.
to draw a curve or straight line between: to join two points on a graph.
verb (used without object)
to come into or be in contact or connection: a place where cliffs and sea join.
to become united, associated, or combined; associate or ally oneself; participate (usually followed by with): Please join with us in our campaign.
to take part with others (often followed by in): Let's all join in.
to be contiguous or close; lie or come together; form a junction: Our farms join along the river.
to enlist in one of the armed forces (often followed by up): He joined up to fight for his country.
to meet in battle or conflict.
a place or line of joining; seam.
Mathematics. union(def 10a).
Origin of join
1250–1300; Middle English joinen < Old French joign- (stem of joindre to join) < Latin jungere to yoke1, join
SYNONYMS FOR join
1 link, couple, fasten, attach; conjoin, combine; associate, consolidate, amalgamate. Join, connect, unite all imply bringing two or more things together more or less closely. Join may refer to a connection or association of any degree of closeness, but often implies direct contact: One joins the corners of a mortise together. Connect implies a joining as by a tie, link, or wire: One connects two batteries. Unite implies a close joining of two or more things, so as to form one: One unites layers of veneer sheets to form plywood.
10 abut, border.
join·a·ble, adjectivemis·join, verbun·der·join, verb (used with object)un·join, verb
un·join·a·ble, adjectivewell-joined, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for join up (1 of 2)
(intr) to become a member of a military or other organization; enlist
(often foll by with) to unite or connect
British Dictionary definitions for join up (2 of 2)
/ (dʒɔɪn) /
to come or bring together; connect
to become a member of (a club, organization, etc)
(intr often foll by with) to become associated or allied
(intr usually foll by in) to take part
(tr) to meet (someone) as a companion
(tr) to become part of; take a place in or with
(tr) to unite (two people) in marriage
(tr) geometry to connect with a straight line or a curve
(tr) an informal word for adjoin
join battle to start fighting
join duty Indian to report for work after a period of leave or a strike
- to hold one's own hands together
- (of two people) to hold each other's hands
- (usually foll by with) to work together in an enterprise or task
a joint; seam
the act of joining
maths another name for union (def. 9)
See also join up
Derived Formsjoinable, adjective
Word Origin for join
C13: from Old French joindre from Latin jungere to yoke
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