- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to attach 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 dots. How do these two pieces join? become one
- 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. club/company
- 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. do something with someone else
- 4 [transitive] to take part in something that someone 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 the 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. Idioms
- 1if two people join hands, they hold each other's hands
- 2to work together in doing something Education has been reluctant to join hands with business.
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NAmE//dʒɔɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they join
he / she / it joins
past simple joined
-ing form joining
if you cannot defeat someone 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
if you can't beat them, join them (saying)jump to other results
to begin fighting someone (figurative) Residents have joined battle with the local government over the lack of parking facilities.
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used when something bad that has happened to someone else has also happened to you So you didn't get a job either? Join the club!
join the club (informal)jump to other results
to work together in order to achieve a shared aim The two firms joined forces to win the contract.
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