Meaning of JOIN in English


I. ˈjȯin verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French joindre, from Latin jungere — more at yoke

Date: 13th century

transitive verb


a. : to put or bring together so as to form a unit

join two blocks of wood with glue

b. : to connect (as points) by a line

c. : adjoin

2. : to put or bring into close association or relationship

join ed in marriage

3. : to engage in (battle)


a. : to come into the company of

join ed us for lunch

b. : to associate oneself with

join ed the church

intransitive verb


a. : to come together so as to be connected

nouns join to form compounds

b. : adjoin

the two estates join

2. : to come into close association or relationship: as

a. : to form an alliance

b. : to become a member of a group

c. : to take part in a collective activity

join in singing

• join·able ˈjȯi-nə-bəl adjective


join , combine , unite , connect , link , associate , relate mean to bring or come together into some manner of union. join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness

joined forces in an effort to win

combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit

combined jazz and rock to create a new music

unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity

the colonies united to form a republic

connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity

a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations

link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity

a name forever linked with liberty

associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation

opera is popularly associated with high society

relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection

related what he observed to what he already knew

II. noun

Date: 1884

1. : joint

2. : union 2d

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.