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’
    • ‘There is also a links page, which hooks you up to a number of rare book sites and other author sites.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brazelton hooked newborn babies up to electroencephalographs and then exposed them to a flickering light source similar to a television but with no images.’
    • ‘They hooked him up to machines and pumped him full of drugs.’
    • ‘Do not hook your machine up to the Internet, power it up and forget about it.’
    • ‘What a coupler does is allow you to keep pins in all your attachments and hook an attachment up to the hydraulics.’
    • ‘Her vital organs are working fine, which means she is not hooked up to a machine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It can connect to the Net via a standard landline, or the machine can be hooked up to a mobile phone to connect wirelessly.’
    • ‘The only time the twins weren't hooked up to life-saving equipment was between the delivery room and intensive care.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The animals are hooked up to milking machines with timers on them.’
    • ‘Every night he was hooked up to a machine at his family home in Offerton, Stockport, for 12 hours to clean his blood.’
    • ‘One promising technique for unlocking the thoughts of paralyzed patients is to hook them up to electroencephalograms.’
    • ‘Once you hook it up to another machine, it will either overwrite the music or (if you choose) do nothing.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Within days, you'll be able to find photos, download songs and hook up with friends you met at the show.’
    • ‘In college, I'd meet a guy in a bar and be hooking up with him later and completely forget his name.’
    1. 2.1 Engage in or form a casual sexual relationship.
      ‘hooking up with total strangers can be very dangerous’
      • ‘In this predominantly heterosexual sample, perhaps more males are coitally hooking up with a smaller group of females who more frequently coitally hookup.’
      • ‘Brendan and I hooked up a couple of times.’
      • ‘I entertained fantasies of one day hooking up with a man who would cover my bed with roses.’
      • ‘Whether in Venice or Hamburg, they have always hooked up - turning a mere journey into an " erotic pursuit ".’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She elaborates on how they first hooked up.’