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Definition of connect verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they connect
    he / she / it connects
    past simple connected
    -ing form connecting
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] connect (A to/with/and B) to join together two or more things; to be joined together The towns are connected by train and bus services. The canal was built to connect Lake Erie with the Hudson River. a connecting door (= one that connects two rooms) The rooms on this floor connect.
  2. electricity/gas/water
  3. 2[transitive] connect something (to something) to join something to the main supply of electricity, gas, water, etc., or to another piece of equipment First connect the printer to the computer. We're waiting for the telephone to be connected. opposite disconnect
  4. internet
  5. 3[intransitive, transitive] connect (somebody) (to something) to join a computer to the Internet or a computer network Click “Continue” to connect to the Internet. opposite disconnect
  6. link
  7. 4[transitive] connect somebody/something (with somebody/something) to notice or make a link between people, things, events, etc. synonym associate There was nothing to connect him with the crime. I was surprised to hear them mentioned together: I had never connected them before.
  8. of train/bus/plane
  9. 5[intransitive] connect (with something) to arrive just before another one leaves so that passengers can change from one to the other His flight to Chicago connects with an afternoon flight to New York. There's a connecting flight at noon.
  10. 6[intransitive] to change from one train, bus, or plane to another There's an afternoon flight to Los Angeles but you have to connect in Chicago .
  11. telephone lines
  12. 7[transitive] connect somebody to join telephone lines so that people can speak to each other synonym put somebody/something through (to somebody/…) Please hold while I try to connect you. opposite disconnect
  13. form relationship
  14. 8[intransitive] connect (with somebody) to form a good relationship with someone so that you like and understand each other They met a couple of times but they didn't really connect.
  15. hit
  16. 9[intransitive] connect (with somebody/something) (informal) to hit someone or something The blow connected and she felt a surge of pain.
  17. Phrasal Verbsconnect somethingup (to something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: connect

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