Definition of hookup in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈho͝okˌəp/


1A connection to a public electric, water, or sewer line, or to a similar service: the campground has 70 sites with water and sewer hookups
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  • He notes that demand in the Sun Belt, where roughly half of all new construction is taking place, has been stifled by moratoriums on new water and sewer hookups.
  • So when the world's largest private-prison company offered to employ 350 people, local officials welcomed it with tax breaks and free water and sewer hookups.
  • He said the town has other property with water and sewer hookups that is ready to be developed; he therefore imputes political motives to the plan to take the last of this land.
1.1An interconnection of broadcasting equipment for special transmissions: he reached a global audience on the satellite hookup
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  • The network would organise computer hook-ups, educational broadcasts, and the sharing of library resources among the participants.
  • He testified in a court filled with 18th Century tradition, using high definition television and the latest in satellite hook-ups from Paris.
  • This fight gave birth to the age of satellite TV hook-ups.
2 informal An instance of people meeting, communicating, or cooperating: he had an hour-long phone hookup with his six Senate colleagues
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  • The Elton hook-up on Face To Face, which will be his next single, is something Gary is especially proud of.
  • The pop quartet have been talking up a potential hook-up with the candy-haired US rapper for weeks now.
  • This afternoon Mr Howard held a phone hook-up with the State Premiers.
2.1A casual sexual encounter: he was tired of meaningless hookups
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  • It takes a while to find that their hook-up the last time he was in town produced a son.
  • Their hook-up wasn't about screwing with Don's head, or trying to lure him back in; it was sex.
  • The article added that she has since been engaging in "meaningless hookups - at least four in the last month".
2.2A person with whom someone has a casual sexual encounter: she’s hurt that her hookup didn’t even bother to stick around long enough to say good morning
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  • He hasn't seen his son in months; he's divorced; his one-time hook-up looks like she's going to remain a one-time hook-up.
  • Women choose their hookups using one set of criteria and a long term mate using another.
  • And whilst some girls will be on Tinder to find a hook-up, most aren't.

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Syllabification: hook·up

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