Meaning of JOIN in English


I. ˈjȯin dial ˈjīn verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English joinen, from Old French join-, joign-, stem of joindre, from Latin jungere — more at yoke

transitive verb


a. : to put or bring together and fasten, connect, or relate so as to form a single unit, a whole, or a continuity : combine , link

join two blocks of wood with glue

two moral forces, separate and yet joined

join forces in an effort to stamp out vice

a bridge joining the two halves of the city

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

c. : adjoin

his studio there joined that of the famous sculptor — J.T.Marshall

2. : to put or bring into close contact, association, or relationship : attach , unite , couple

was later joined to another battalion

the agitation of his mind, joined to the pain of his wound, kept him awake — Francis Parkman

joined in marriage by a local minister

3. : to enter into or engage in (battle)



(1) : to come into the company of : come into local contact or association with

joins his wife and three children around the breakfast table — Stuart Chase

joined us for lunch

(2) : to come to

at the next town we join another route

b. : to connect or associate oneself with:

(1) : to participate in : enter into

joined the defense of Paris as commander of naval antiaircraft batteries — Current Biography

(2) : to ally oneself with

join the government in condemning foreign aggression

(3) : board

join a vehicle

especially : to go aboard (a ship) usually as a member of the personnel

joined the destroyer as executive officer

(4) : to become a member or associate of

join a church

join a faculty

ran away from school to join a traveling tent show — Current Biography

intransitive verb


a. : to come together so as to be connected or united

English nouns join easily to form compounds

b. : adjoin

at this point the two estates join

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

a. : to form or enter into an alliance or league

business interests joined to maintain the consolidated system — American Guide Series: Minnesota

— often used with up

the three clubs joined up to improve the town's playground facilities

b. : to become a member of a group or organization

an ambulance service was organized and I joined in as a stretcher bearer — Nevil Shute

he is now a Mason but he did not join until last year

two weeks after he joined up he was sent into the fighting area and saw immediate action

c. : to enter into or take part in a collective activity

join in singing the national anthem

when there was group dancing … they all joined in together — Cabell Phillips


conjoin , link , connect , relate , associate , combine , unite all signify a bringing or coming together into a more or less close union. relate and associate suggest the loosest and most unspecific of unions; link , join , conjoin , and connect suggest a closer contact to the point of a physical or moral attachment; combine and unite suggest a union to the point of some loss of identity or a complete loss of identity of the separate elements. Of the pair relate and associate , associate emphasizes the mere fact of the bringing, coming, or being together of two or more persons or things although it suggests by customary implication some kind of unspecified often intangible but compatible or companionable interaction

associate with shady characters

associate the sense of hunger and the search for food

was associated with the hospital from 1889 until 1919 — American Guide Series: Maryland

the smooth ultralegato style now often associated with English music of the period — E.T.Canby

relate can signify a bringing or coming together in any number of ways so that the two or more things have some generally only implied physical, moral, or logical bearing on each other

the wing of a bird and the arm of a man are historically related

an interrogation point which relates the title closely to the text — G.W.Johnson

not the least merit of the book is that it relates the history of science to other thought currents — F.L.Baumer

their ability to relate what they observe to what they know or have previously observed — Gertrude H. Hildreth

Although they are used to signify a more specific union, link , connect , join , and conjoin in their nonphysical application may suggest a bringing or coming together as general and unspecified as that implied by relate or associate but tend more, especially in physical application, to signify a junction of some kind, often an inseparable junction as by a chain or by bonding. connect is the most general of these four and suggests a loose attachment, especially one that preserves the identity of the elements and the evidence of the connection

connect the two ends of the pipe

connect the two houses by a path

the criminal activity has been connected with the names of several prominent men

a number of articles connected with her life — American Guide Series: Rhode Island

link suggests a slightly closer coupling especially in the physical application of the word in which is implied inseparability but of still clearly identifiably separate elements

the bridge linking the islands of North Hero and Grand Isle — American Guide Series: Vermont

none of the subjects that linked us together could be talked about in a bar — Nevil Shute

eight Anarchists were condemned to death or life imprisonment in a trial that linked them to this Haymarket Riot — J.D.Hart

join usually suggests strongly the idea of physical or moral contact or junction or the making of a continuity of two or more things

apply glue to the edges to be joined

join the ends of the wires with solder

a common purpose joined their efforts

conjoin usually emphasized both the togetherness of a joining and the separateness of the things joined

three conjoined quadrangular beakers with a common cover — Parke-Bernet Galleries Catalog

a scientific realism, based on mechanism, is conjoined with an unwavering belief in the world of men … as being composed of self-determining organisms — A.N.Whitehead

combine and unite usually emphasize the first a mingling and the second a union or integration in which individual identity is lost in a common aim or in the formation of a new product from the mingling or itegration. combine stresses a merging by intermixture

combine ingredients in making a cake

combines Georgian Colonial and Classical Revival designs — American Guide Series: Pennsylvania

beauty and melody and graceful motion … were combined in her — W.H.Hudson †1922

unite strongly emphasizes the singleness resulting from the junction of persons or elements

unite the separated army divisions

certain chemical elements unite to form gases

unite two people in a common purpose

unite a couple in marriage

a cooperative community in which manual and intellectual labor might be united — Allan MacDonald

- join hands

- join out

- join the issue

II. noun

( -s )

1. : something that joins : a place or line where joining occurs : joint

ensure accurately matching joins — W.P.Matthew

the joins between the veins and the arteries, the capillaries — S.F.Mason

the join of lid and box

2. : a splice in magnetic recording tape

III. noun

: union 1 herein

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