1 to make a physical or electronic connection between one object, machine, place, etc. and anothersynonymconnectlink A to BThe video cameras are linked to a powerful computer.link A with BThe Channel Tunnel links Britain with the rest of Europe.link A and B (together)When computers are networked, they are linked together so that information can be transferred between them.
2 if something links two things, facts or situations, or they are linked, they are connected in some waylink A to/with BExposure to ultraviolet light is closely linked to skin cancer.link A and BThe two factors are directly linked.The personal and social development of the child are inextricably linked(= they depend on each other).
3link A to/with B|link A and Bto state that there is a connection or relationship between two things or peoplesynonymassociateDetectives have linked the break-in to a similar crime in the area last year.Newspapers have linked his name with the singer.
4link A and Bto join two things by putting one through the otherThe two girls linked arms as they strolled down the street.
Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense a loop; also as a verb in the sense ‘connect physically’): from Old Norsehlekkr, of Germanic origin; related to GermanGelenk
.Extra examplesChristmas will be forever linked to memories of Sam’s death.Diseases that can be directly linked to pollution.I could not help feeling that these factors were somehow linked.Poverty and crime are inextricably linked.Scientists have linked the illness to the use of pesticides.She has never been romantically linked with anyone.The computers are linked into a network.The problems of the economy are intricately linked to other social issues.The stories are linked thematically by a number of recurring images.They started electronically linking these systems via high-speed networks.Unemployment is consistently linked with a variety of negative health effects.diseases that might be genetically linkedthe road that links Cairo with AlexandriaLinking the two rooms was the perfect solution.The cameras are linked to a computer.The computers are linked together so that data can be transferred between them.The personal and social development of the child are inextricably linked.The tunnel links Britain with the rest of Europe.The two factors are directly linked.Phrasal Verbslink up