verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of join

1250–1300; Middle English joinen < Old French joign- (stem of joindre to join) < Latin jungere to yoke1, join
Related formsjoin·a·ble, adjectivemis·join, verbun·der·join, verb (used with object)un·join, verbun·join·a·ble, adjectivewell-joined, adjective

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.

Antonyms for join

1, 12. separate, divide. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unjoined

Historical Examples of unjoined

  • Her eyes were bent on the rough, unjoined boards beneath her feet.

    The Gold Brick

    Ann S. Stephens

  • To this point these unjoined pieces were heading, and here at length they met.

    Lin McLean

    Owen Wister

  • Thus it is with the somewhat rare “sport” that gives us a morning glory or a harebell in its primitive form of unjoined petals.

British Dictionary definitions for unjoined



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
join hands
  1. to hold one's own hands together
  2. (of two people) to hold each other's hands
  3. (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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Word Origin and History for unjoined



c.1300, from stem of Old French joindre "join, connect, unite; have sexual intercourse with" (12c.), from Latin iungere "to join together, unite, yoke," from PIE *yeug- "to join, unite" (see jugular). Related: Joined; joining. In Middle English, join sometimes is short for enjoin. Join up "enlist in the army" is from 1916. Phrase if you can't beat them, join them is from 1953.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper