Definition of hook up in English:

hook up

phrasal verb

  • 1Link or be linked to electronic equipment.

    [with object] ‘Ali was hooked up to an electrocardiograph’
    • ‘On Christmas Eve, 10 years ago, she was hooked up to various machines in hospital after drinking to excess.’
    • ‘The cows would be hooked up to the milking machine and I would be straddled atop.’
    • ‘The nurse explained to me that they hook you up to a machine that takes the blood, centrifuges it, removes the platelets and most of the plasma and then gives you back everything else.’
    • ‘There is also a links page, which hooks you up to a number of rare book sites and other author sites.’
    • ‘Do not hook your machine up to the Internet, power it up and forget about it.’
    • ‘She warned us in a well rehearsed sinister tone that we should not be alarmed by the medical equipment Fay had been hooked up to.’
    • ‘Brazelton hooked newborn babies up to electroencephalographs and then exposed them to a flickering light source similar to a television but with no images.’
    • ‘Every night he was hooked up to a machine at his family home in Offerton, Stockport, for 12 hours to clean his blood.’
    • ‘It can connect to the Net via a standard landline, or the machine can be hooked up to a mobile phone to connect wirelessly.’
    • ‘This is the process where your computer or server tries to make a network connection via internet protocol, a common way of hooking this equipment up.’
    • ‘Her vital organs are working fine, which means she is not hooked up to a machine.’
    • ‘Little did the 17-year-old know that two days later, he would be hooked up to machines, not even able to cry for help.’
    • ‘One promising technique for unlocking the thoughts of paralyzed patients is to hook them up to electroencephalograms.’
    • ‘The animals are hooked up to milking machines with timers on them.’
    • ‘Once you hook it up to another machine, it will either overwrite the music or (if you choose) do nothing.’
    • ‘For four hours a day, three days a week, he is hooked up to a dialysis machine, which performs the task of his own kidneys and keeps him alive.’
    • ‘What a coupler does is allow you to keep pins in all your attachments and hook an attachment up to the hydraulics.’
    • ‘I checked the machines he was hooked up to, making sure his oxygen saturation levels and heart and breathing rates were what the nurses expected them to be.’
    • ‘The only time the twins weren't hooked up to life-saving equipment was between the delivery room and intensive care.’
    • ‘They hooked him up to machines and pumped him full of drugs.’
    attach, join, fasten, fix, affix, couple, link, bridge, secure, make fast, tie, tie up, bind, fetter, strap, rope, tether, truss, lash, hitch, moor, anchor, yoke, chain
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  • 2informal (of two people) meet or form a relationship.

    ‘he hooked up with a friend in Budapest’
    • ‘I've been in two long serious relationships, and hooking up with handsome slightly drunk rich kids was exactly what the doctor ordered.’
    • ‘She was in Florida, probably meeting dozens of good-looking beach guys and hooking up with them.’
    • ‘When I hooked up with Kimberly, it was because our relationship was on edge and dead.’
    • ‘A short while after that I met someone very much like her and we hooked up.’
    • ‘In college, I'd meet a guy in a bar and be hooking up with him later and completely forget his name.’
    • ‘I moved out, hooked up with a mad woman I met at a gig and stopped hanging out with Hanna.’
    • ‘She adds that she rarely hooks up with old friends from Kirkcaldy: ‘I met one at New Year and she ranted on about her choir and arias while I guzzled white wine.’’
    • ‘As we were homeless at this point and not meeting with any success in hooking up with Mark and Ben's sister or their friend, we decided to catch the bus back home and just hang out there.’
    • ‘Within days, you'll be able to find photos, download songs and hook up with friends you met at the show.’
    • ‘He apparently has no problem meeting people and hooking up with people, yet he says that as soon as you're back in town he wants to settle down and be with you and never be with another girl.’
    • ‘When he goes back to his hometown for Alfredo's funeral, he hooks up with grown-up Elena, his long-lost teenage love.’
    1. 2.1Engage in or form a casual sexual relationship.
      ‘hooking up with total strangers can be very dangerous’
      • ‘She elaborates on how they first hooked up.’
      • ‘Im not gonna get hooked up just cause you say I should’
      • ‘She was not about to help her creepy ex-boyfriend hook up with a girl two years too young for him.’
      • ‘Whether in Venice or Hamburg, they have always hooked up - turning a mere journey into an " erotic pursuit ".’
      • ‘In this predominantly heterosexual sample, perhaps more males are coitally hooking up with a smaller group of females who more frequently coitally hookup.’
      • ‘A Detroit school-bus driver made a couple of unscheduled stops to hook up with a prostitute - who turned out to be an undercover cop.’
      • ‘Brendan and I hooked up a couple of times.’
      • ‘Self-proclaimed thirty-two year old "decent guy" Jeff hooks up with a fourteen year-old girl he's been chatting with online for weeks.’
      • ‘I didn't feel guilty, or satisfied that I'd finally hooked up with my dream girl.’
      • ‘I entertained fantasies of one day hooking up with a man who would cover my bed with roses.’