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verb (used with object)
  1. to bring in contact, connect, or bring or put together: to join hands; to join pages with a staple.

  2. to come into contact or union with: The brook joins the river.

  1. to bring together in a particular relation or for a specific purpose, action, etc.; unite: to join forces against the smugglers.

  2. to become a member of (an organization, party, etc.): to join a club.

  3. to enlist in (one of the armed forces): to join the Navy.

  4. to come into the company of; meet or accompany: I'll join you later.

  5. to participate with (someone) in some act or activity: My wife joins me in thanking you for the gift.

  6. to unite in marriage.

  7. to meet or engage in (battle, conflict, etc.): The opposing armies joined battle.

  8. to adjoin; meet: His land joins mine.

  9. to draw a curve or straight line between: to join two points on a graph.

verb (used without object)
  1. to come into or be in contact or connection: a place where cliffs and sea join.

  2. to become united, associated, or combined; associate or ally oneself; participate (usually followed by with): Please join with us in our campaign.

  1. to take part with others (often followed by in): Let's all join in.

  2. to be contiguous or close; lie or come together; form a junction: Our farms join along the river.

  3. to enlist in one of the armed forces (often followed by up): He joined up to fight for his country.

  4. to meet in battle or conflict.

  1. a joining.

  2. a place or line of joining; seam.

  1. Mathematics. union (def. 10a).

Origin of join

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English joinen, from Old French joign- (stem of joindre “to join”), from Latin jungere “to join”; see yoke1

Other words for join

Opposites for join

Other words from join

  • join·a·ble, adjective
  • mis·join, verb
  • un·der·join, verb (used with object)
  • un·join, verb
  • un·join·a·ble, adjective
  • well-joined, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use join in a sentence

  • On joining the earl, father and son met as if they had parted only the previous day.

  • He made the practice common in England, and the Austin Company adopted it on his joining them in this country.

  • The exercise of confessing the name of God, corresponds to that of joining to him in a perpetual covenant.

  • Hence, we leave him at this point, joining heartily in the best wishes and the compliments bestowed upon him by his friends.

    Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
  • He had laid in huge supplies, and built a bridge of wood two leagues long joining Haarburg and Hamburg.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison

British Dictionary definitions for join


/ (dʒɔɪn) /

  1. to come or bring together; connect

  2. to become a member of (a club, organization, etc)

  1. (intr often foll by with) to become associated or allied

  2. (intr usually foll by in) to take part

  3. (tr) to meet (someone) as a companion

  4. (tr) to become part of; take a place in or with

  5. (tr) to unite (two people) in marriage

  6. (tr) geometry to connect with a straight line or a curve

  7. (tr) an informal word for adjoin

  8. join battle to start fighting

  9. join duty Indian to report for work after a period of leave or a strike

  10. join hands

    • 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

  1. a joint; seam

  2. the act of joining

  1. maths another name for union (def. 9)

Origin of join

C13: from Old French joindre from Latin jungere to yoke

Derived forms of join

  • joinable, adjective

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