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

connect to

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.

connect with/to

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

connect with

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.