Meaning of CONNECT in English
con ‧ nect S2 W2 /kəˈnekt/ BrE AmE verb
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ connection , ↑ connectedness , ↑ connector ; verb : ↑ connect ≠ ↑ disconnect ; adjective : ↑ connected ≠ ↑ disconnected ≠ ↑ unconnected ]
[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: connectere , from com- ( ⇨ COM- ) + nectere 'to tie' ]
1 . JOIN THINGS [transitive] to join two or more things together
connect something to/with something
The railway link would connect Felixstowe with Fishguard.
Connect the speakers to the CD player.
We’d like two rooms with connecting doors (=doors that join the rooms) .
2 . RELATIONSHIP [transitive] to realize or show that a fact, event, or person is related to something:
I didn’t connect the two events in my mind.
connect somebody/something with something
There is no evidence to connect them with the attack.
3 . ELECTRICITY/TELEPHONE ETC [intransitive and transitive] to join something to the main supply of electricity, gas, or water, or to a telephone or computer network OPP disconnect
Click here to connect to the Internet.
Has the phone been connected yet?
The power supply should be connected by a qualified electrician.
4 . TRANSPORT [intransitive] if one train, flight etc connects with another, it arrives just before the other one leaves so that you can continue your journey:
I missed the connecting flight.
This train connects with the one to Glasgow.
From Toronto you can connect to all other Air Canada destinations.
5 . TELEPHONES [transitive] to join two telephone lines so that two people can speak:
Please hold the line. I’m trying to connect you.
6 . HIT SOMETHING [intransitive] to succeed in hitting someone or something:
He swung at the ball, but didn’t connect.
7 . UNDERSTAND PEOPLE [intransitive] especially American English if people connect, they feel that they like each other and understand each other
They valued her ability to empathize and connect with others.
connect something ↔ up phrasal verb
to join something to the main supply of electricity, gas, or water, to the telephone network, or to another piece of equipment:
Is the washing machine connected up yet?
connect something ↔ up with
The autopilot can be connected up with the flight recorder.
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■ to join things together
▪ join to make two things come together and stay in that position. Join is used about fixing two things together permanently, so that they form a single thing:
Doctors used a metal rod to join the two pieces of bone together.
▪ attach to join one thing to another, so that it stays in position. Attach is often used when you can separate the two things later:
She attached the photo to the letter with a paper clip.
The boards are attached with nails.
On the wall, attached with adhesive tape, was a New York City subway map.
▪ connect ( also connect up ) to join pieces of equipment together, especially with a wire or pipe, so that electricity, gas, water etc can pass from one to another:
Have you connected up the speakers to the stereo?
The hoses that connect the radiator to the engine are leaking.
▪ link ( also link up ) to connect machines, systems, computers etc, so that electronic signals can pass from one to another:
All the office PCs are linked to the main server.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012