Definition of join in English:

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Pronunciation: /join/


[with object]
1Link; connect: the tap was joined to a pipe join the paragraphs together
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  • The extension would be joined to the main offices by a link corridor.
  • The drawer fronts are normally joined to the drawer sides with lapped dovetails.
  • The sewer's original standard of design is described as ‘poor’, and it has never been joined to the public sewer system.
fasten, attach, tie, bind, couple, connect, unite, link, yoke, weld, fuse, glue
1.1Become linked or connected to: where the River Drave joins the Danube
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  • For this reason, I always travelled first to Manchester and then joined up with the main group of reds.
meet, reach, abut, touch, adjoin, border on, connect with
1.2Connect (points) with a line: join up the points in a different color
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  • In particular he assumed that the solids were convex, that is a straight line joining any two points always lies entirely within the solid.
  • There are three lines joining points of the configuration that do not count among the four configuration lines.
  • For example it is assumed that there is a unique line joining any two points.
1.3 [no object] Unite to form one entity or group: they joined up with local environmentalists countries join together to abolish restrictions on trade
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  • When the religious-right and the humanists join together for a common cause, no external entity can put down their efforts.
  • Community is built and strengthened as participants join together to work as the body of Christ.
  • Instead of hitting each other and bouncing off like bumper cars, the atoms join together and function as one entity.
combine, amalgamate, merge, join forces, unify, unite
team up with, band together with, cooperate with, collaborate with
1.4Become a member or employee of: she joined the department last year
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  • But despite such challenges, women are once again joining the ranks of the police in Afghanistan.
  • Most members join clubs for fitness, but they stay for fun.
  • Think " retention " the moment the member joins the club.
sign up with, enlist in, enroll in, enter, become a member of, be part of
1.5Take part in: I joined the demonstration [no object]: I joined in and sang along
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  • Producers, writers and other members of the Heartbeat team also joined in the fun.
  • Close to 2,000 more people quickly joined the fray.
  • China, despite their presently weak technology, will soon join the fray.
1.6 [no object] (join up) Become a member of the armed forces: her brothers joined up in 1914
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  • They would like to see new members joining up - all the officer posts are up for re-election.
  • Well done to those who took the initiative and joined up - more members welcome.
  • He had been one of the Blackbury Pals, who had joined up together.
1.7Come into the company of: after the show we were joined by Jessica’s sister
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  • CNN's Patty Davis now joins us live from Washington with more on this.
  • CNN's Kathleen Koch now joins us live from the courthouse with more reaction from there - Kathleen.
  • We'll have reaction from some of those family members joining us here live, tonight.
1.8Support (someone) in an activity: I am sure you will join me in wishing him every success
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  • Earlier this year I joined him to announce support for Scotland's first two football academies.
  • I can scarcely leave my house without her joining me in whatever activity I am doing.
  • We hope you will join us in supporting religious freedom in France.


A place or line where two or more things are connected or fastened together.
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  • The wheel rim and push rim are joined together by five joins around the wheel causing a vast potential for hands to get caught or jammed in the gaps.
  • Moisten the edges of the pastry with water and then wrap it around the meat, pressing the joins well to seal.
  • In one case, a previous owner sealed the join between the bathtub and the wall with putty instead of silicone.



join battle

formal Begin fighting.
Example sentences
  • This area - national security - might not have been the best place for joining battle last week, but battle is joined.
  • We're here to mark that day in history when the allied armies joined battle to reclaim this continent to liberty.
  • He gave chase for five days and then engaged the enemy, despite four of his ships lagging behind and their captains failing to join battle.

join the club

see club1.

join forces

Combine efforts.
Example sentences
  • A group of military doctors and engineers have joined forces in an experimental effort to find out.
  • The premier reiterated Asian countries need to step up efforts to join forces to ensure the balance of the global economy.
  • Now, outraged people all over the UK will be joining forces to force it off the air again.

join hands

Hold each other’s hands.
Example sentences
  • Before eating, everyone forms up in two circles, facing each other, joins hands and chants ‘Aum’, the Indian mantra.
  • Partners face each other, join hands, and form a long ‘tunnel.’
  • I witness the pledging of this man and woman, that they have joined hands and sworn to each other.
4.1Work together: education has been shy to join hands with business
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  • We need to create a culture of tolerance and forgiveness and join hands together as one nation.
  • Until about 1720, Dutch ethnics married within the group, worshiped together, and joined hands for economic and political objectives.
  • How have Vinton and Turpin joined hands to knead together art and commerce, creativity and discipline?



Example sentences
  • If the thread is not joinable, its resources will be freed automatically.
  • I will be setting up a page of links to to other sites with joinable paintings.


Middle English: from Old French joindre, from Latin jungere 'to join'.

  • Join comes via Old French joindre, from Latin jungere ‘to join’ also found in joint (Middle English), used in butchery contexts from the late 16th century; juncture (Late Middle English) originally meaning ‘joining’; and junction (early 18th century) which also started out in the sense ‘joining’. Its use in transport is found from the late 18th century.

Words that rhyme with join

adjoin, Boulogne, coign, coin, conjoin, Des Moines, Dordogne, enjoin, groin, groyne, loin, purloin, quoin, subjoin

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Syllabification: join

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