Definition of join verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dʒɔɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒɔɪn//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they join
    BrE BrE//dʒɔɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒɔɪn//
    he / she / it joins
    BrE BrE//dʒɔɪnz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒɔɪnz//
    past simple joined
    BrE BrE//dʒɔɪnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒɔɪnd//
    past participle joined
    BrE BrE//dʒɔɪnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒɔɪnd//
    -ing form joining
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒɔɪnɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɔɪnɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to fix or connect two or more things together join A to B Join one section of pipe to the next. The island is joined to the mainland by a bridge. join (A and B) (together/up) Join the two sections of pipe together. Draw a line joining (up) all the crosses. How do these two pieces join?
  2. become one
  3. 2  [intransitive, transitive] if two things or groups join, or if one thing or group joins another, they come together to form one thing or group the place where the two paths join join something The path joins the road near the trees.
  4. club/company
  5. 3  [transitive, intransitive] join (something) to become a member of an organization, a company, a club, etc. I've joined an aerobics class. She joined the company three months ago. (figurative) to join the ranks of the unemployed It costs £20 to join.
  6. do something with somebody else
  7. 4  [transitive] to take part in something that somebody else is doing or to go somewhere with them join somebody (for something) Will you join us for lunch? Do you mind if I join you? join something Over 200 members of staff joined the strike. Members of the public joined the search for the missing boy. join somebody in doing something I'm sure you'll all join me in wishing Ted and Laura a very happy marriage.
  8. train/plane
  9. 5[transitive] join something (British English) if you join a train, plane, etc. you get on it
  10. road/path/line
  11. 6[transitive] join something if you join a road or a line of people, you start to travel along it, or move into it
  12. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French joindre, from Latin jungere ‘to join’.Extra examples Although a sympathizer, he never officially joined the party. By this time people were flocking to join the cult. Everyone joined in with the singing. Farmers can join together to get better prices. Fix the head to the body first; you can join the arms on later. He waved a fork in greeting. ‘Come and join us!’ I would gladly join you in whatever plans you have for this evening. I’m sure you will all wish to join me in thanking our speaker tonight. Join the two halves together with glue. Join up the dots to make a picture. Please will you all join with me in singing the national anthem. She was now old enough to be allowed to join the adults. Some were conscripted into the army and others joined voluntarily. The head was not joined onto the body. They all joined enthusiastically in the dancing. They’ve invited us to join them on their yacht. This is Nicole, who recently joined the company. Thousands of people are expected to join the sponsored walk. Will you join me for a drink in the bar? Draw a line joining (up) the dots. I’ll meet you at the place where the two paths join. I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing Ted and Laura a very happy marriage. I’ve joined an aerobics class.Idioms
    if you can’t beat them, join them
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    (saying) if you cannot defeat somebody or be as successful as they are, then it is more sensible to join them in what they are doing and perhaps get some advantage for yourself by doing so
    join battle (with somebody)
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    (formal) to begin fighting somebody (figurative) Local residents have joined battle with the council over the lack of parking facilities.
    (informal) used when something bad that has happened to somebody else has also happened to you So you didn't get a job either? Join the club!
    join/combine forces (with somebody)
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    to work together in order to achieve a shared aim The two firms joined forces to win the contract.
      join hands (with somebody)
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    1. 1if two people join hands, they hold each other’s hands
    2. 2to work together in doing something Education has been reluctant to join hands with business.
    Phrasal Verbsjoin injoin upjoin up (with somebody)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: join