[ kuh-nekt ]
/ kəˈnɛkt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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

Nearby words

  1. connation,
  2. connatural,
  3. connaturally,
  4. connaught,
  5. conneaut,
  6. connect time,
  7. connected,
  8. connectedly,
  9. connecter,
  10. connecticut

Origin of connect

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin connectere, equivalent to con- con- + nectere to tie; see nexus

1. See join.


Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reconnecting

  • The hope is that reconnecting the production and consumption of food will inspire patrons to eat more healthfully.

    Bon Jovi Rocks Hunger|Laura Colarusso|October 24, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • In her recent memoir, the Oscar-winning actress talks about reconnecting with her estranged father, actor Ryan O'Neal.

    Tatum O'Neal Opens Up|Marlow Stern|June 15, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • After reconnecting the telephone and notifying the federal authorities he had returned to the living-room.

    The Gray Mask|Wadsworth Camp

British Dictionary definitions for reconnecting


/ (kəˈnɛkt) /


Derived Formsconnectible or connectable, adjectiveconnector or connecter, noun

Word Origin for connect

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

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Word Origin and History for reconnecting



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A similar change took place in French, where connexer was superseded by connecter.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

Medicine definitions for reconnecting


[ kə-nĕkt ]


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

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