Definition of connect in English:

connect

Line breaks: con|nect
Pronunciation: /kəˈnɛkt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established: the electrodes were connected to a recording device (as adjective connected) a connected series of cargo holds
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    • Some mobiles contain modems that can be connected to a laptop computer for internet access while you're on the road.
    • The antenna on the customer's roof is connected through a wire to a modem connected to a home computer through a network card that can handle a fast stream of data.
    • As the photographer took the pictures, the director watched them via the photographer's mobile phone, which was connected to his computer in New York.
    Synonyms
    attach, join, fasten, fix, affix, couple, link, bridge, secure, make fast, tie, tie up, bind, fetter, strap, rope, tether, truss, lash, hitch, moor, anchor, yoke, chain; stick, tape, adhere, glue, bond, cement, fuse, weld, solder; pin, peg, screw, bolt, rivet, batten, pinion, clamp, clip, hook (up); add, append, annex, subjoin
    technical concatenate
  • 1.1Join together so as to provide access and communication: all the buildings are connected by underground passages [no object]: the motorway connects with major routes from all parts of the country
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    • The word ‘bridge’ in this community's name comes from the corridors and bridges that connect the seven buildings.
    • Padding from the bathroom, I opened the door that connected their two rooms, entering the den of the sleeping dragon.
    • The two buildings will be connected by an underground rail link and the tubular passageways, one of which will be rebuilt to accommodate a moving walkway.
  • 1.2Link to a power or water supply: by 1892 most of the village had been connected to the mains
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    • They are less likely than the well-off to be connected to mains water supplies and pay on average 12 times more per litre.
    • Barnsley Council says it did not plant the device, and mystery grew because it did not appear to have been connected to a power supply or transmitter.
    • The water supply was to be connected to the city water mains.
  • 1.3Put (someone) into contact by telephone: I was quickly connected to the police
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    • Eventually we were connected to Her Majesty's press office.
    • Also, when I dial 999 I am connected to Wakefield whose staff haven't a clue where I am or what I am talking about.
    • She took out her cell phone and called information, and was soon connected to the power company, who put her on hold for 45 minutes.
  • 1.4 [no object] (Of a train, bus, aircraft, etc.) be timed to arrive at its destination just before another train, bus, etc., departs so that passengers can transfer: the bus connects with trains from Windermere station (as adjective connecting) we missed the connecting flight to the USA
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    • The local bus connects with the Galway bus in Tubbercurry and meets again on the return journey.
    • This bus connects to not only Train 92 northbound, but also Train 97 southbound.
    • At that point buses can connect to the rest of Richmond.
  • 2Associate or relate (something) in some respect: employees are rewarded with bonuses connected to their firm’s performance jobs connected with the environment
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    • By the eighteenth century, masculine chastity was closely connected with one's respectability and membership among the middling sorts.
    • I think the issue at hand is really the necessity for designers to understand and be aware of the associations our visuals are connected to.
    • They've been married for fourteen years, and this trip is connected with some incident that occurred while they were dating.
    Synonyms
    associate, link, couple; identify, equate, bracket, compare; think of something together with, think of something in connection with; relate to, mention in the same breath as, set side by side with; draw a parallel with
  • 2.1Provide or have a link or relationship with: there was no evidence to connect Jefferson with the theft [no object]: the desire for religious faith connects up with profound needs at the core of our existence
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    • Nonetheless, they provided the missing link that connected a flailing Wild West show tradition with the Western movie industry.
    • This interestingly connects up with the mp3 debate currently raging in the comments below because in many ways the cost of producing a universe is that your characters become public property.
    • I would agree with that and think it connects up with what you are asking, only with the proviso that it is not a sudden reinvention.
  • 2.2 [no object] Form a relationship or feel an affinity: he can’t connect with anyone any more
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    • He still had his Mom, Suzan, but he didn't connect with her like he connected with his Dad.
    • Coming to the conference is a unique opportunity to meet and connect with other members of the photographic community.
    • From the hub, flights to Manchester, England expand the commitment to Caribbean nationals wanting to connect with relatives in Europe.
  • 3 [no object] informal (Of a blow) hit the intended target: the blow connected and he felt a burst of pain
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    • The heavy blow connected, catching her off guard.
    • The blow did not connect of course, for the monk caught the fist with his hands almost reflexively, but it was not the end.
    • When a blow connects which would have knocked him out were he not wearing his suit, he signals his surrender, and the fight is won.

Derivatives

connectable

adjective
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  • But no official spokesperson was connectable for comment.
  • By the time they've drawn a portrait in connectable dots, they might as well have named him!
  • But it's easy to go too far - to make your company so transparent, so connectable, that you turn your entire business into an easily copied commodity.

connectedly

adverb
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  • At the core of the group is his frail, flat, comforting voice connectedly singing songs about living - what he would term ‘wonder’ - accompanied by a simply-strummed acoustic guitar.
  • Thirdly, and connectedly, while the study does come up to the new millennium, the post-1970 chapters are inevitably affected by the Thirty Year Rule for official papers.
  • Secondly, and connectedly, it is an attempt at absolute relinquishment of the vantage of a particular sector, class, dialect, jargon, idiolect or diction.

connectedness

noun
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  • Without the moorings of social connectedness to political, religious institutions and neighbourhoods, we have no reality check on our own fears.
  • And the second thing is maintaining social and intellectual connectedness.
  • This is the price - and value - of accepting the social side of connectedness.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'be united physically'; rare before the 18th century): from Latin connectere, from con- 'together' + nectere 'bind'.

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