• 1An instance of two or more people or things connecting or joining.

    ‘plans of a link-up between the two tour operators have been announced’
    • ‘So if both of us play against Israel hopefully the link-up will help get us goals.’
    • ‘Bank of Scotland has also recently held merger talks with National Australia Bank, the Melbourne-based parent of Clydesdale Bank, but the link-up with Abbey National remains its favoured option.’
    • ‘As the point guard, he will shoulder much of the responsibility for directing matters on the court and he is aware that his belated link-up with his colleagues has hindered the team's evolution.’
    • ‘In a link-up with Humberside Police and the City Council, Cleeve pupils will be gunning for drivers who speed past their school in Wawne Road.’
    • ‘There were also residential courses and link-ups with local rugby league clubs.’
    • ‘The whole question of airline link-ups will have to be rethought as well.’
    • ‘The former transport minister had no plans for an overground link-up of the Luas lines and did not envisage the Sandyford line being linked to the rest of the rail network until the airport metro link was complete.’
    • ‘Who are the people whom she says are looking at whether there is going to be a Franco-German-Russian link-up, with good links to the Chinese, against what we have, which looks like a small Anglo-American group?’
    • ‘It could be Wakefield, maybe the burgeoning arts quarter of Quarry Hill in Leeds, but most likely Bradford, possibly in a link-up with the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.’
    • ‘Members of the Northern Horticultural Society have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a link-up with the Royal Horticultural Society, and the move is expected to be endorsed by the ruling council next week.’
    • ‘The link-up was approved at a full meeting of the council yesterday, following 12 months of detailed examination which included assessing proposals from more than 30 private sector companies.’
    • ‘Everybody has been made aware of the link-up with Staines, but we won't twist anyone's arm to stay.’
    • ‘The link-up with the school in Omagh is using new technology such as video-conferencing, and there were a number of teachers and pupils from the Omagh school present for the occasion.’
    • ‘It's just a question of the technicians making the link-up to the water supply.’
    • ‘Ideas under consideration include live link-ups between the schools via satellite to discuss business projects.’
    • ‘And today the project was hailed as proof of the benefits of link-ups between universities and business.’
    • ‘The link-up is a good idea but must not be dependent on funding from the Council.’
    • ‘Bradford was given the go-ahead to became a teaching hospital last year after a link-up between the Trust, Bradford and Leeds Universities and the district's primary care trusts.’
    • ‘Other attempts to utilise the link-up have been less successful; most act to reinforce the notion that videogames are fully-fledged franchise opportunities.’
    • ‘The link-ups between universities and the food sector will have to be defined in much stronger and much more focused terms, he said.’
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    1. 1.1A connection enabling two or more people or machines to communicate with each other.
      ‘a live satellite link-up’
      • ‘There will also be a live link-up to a bar in New York.’
      • ‘The satellite linkup resulted in what may have been one of the largest live dance conference ever.’
      • ‘They checked in with the Cologne audience via a live satellite link-up.’
      • ‘It was not clear if the Pope would even be able to attend the ceremonies, make only brief appearances or join the faithful via television link-ups.’
      • ‘Video link-ups from the main colleges nationally would keep a lot of players around and make a huge difference, industrially and socially, to all areas of the county.’
      • ‘It was a technical triumph, using live link-ups to Scotland, Plymouth, London, Manchester, Belfast, Derbyshire and Bangor, with Lomax at the centre of the web in Birmingham.’
      • ‘The Rural Action Project hopes to hold three similar seminars with video conferencing link-ups and facilities in rural towns and villages in West Clare in the next 12 months.’
      • ‘The anti-war society there planned to plug into the live video link-up with leading academic Edward Said this week.’
      • ‘On Christmas Day they will see and speak with their families via a two-way video linkup.’
      • ‘The song recalled its recording exactly 35 years earlier as part of the first worldwide satellite television link-up.’
      • ‘There is to be a live satellite link-up with them and New York firefighters as part of an open-air ceremony in Birmingham's Victoria Square.’
      • ‘Like last year, each city has its own distinctive concert before uniting with big-screen link-ups for the live relay of the famous finale of the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall.’
      • ‘On Wednesday he spoke to journalists on a video link-up from Washington.’
      • ‘Cancer care professionals from Leeds and Bradford were attending the opening ceremony, when a demonstration of the new equipment included a video link-up to the hospital's lecture theatre.’
      • ‘They have the latest genetic sequencing equipment, million-dollar biosafety labs, and real-time satellite link-ups to compare notes.’
      • ‘What we need instead are not just national grids, but more cross border link-ups into international grids and networks.’
      • ‘A satellite link-up enabled viewers to see Vaughan speak to the rest of the team, who are currently on tour in Pakistan.’
      • ‘Although the Internet is often blamed as the technology enabling teenage sex, further reporting would show it's actually mobile phone contact providing the critical link-ups.’
      • ‘The world premiere of the film itself will take place on BBC Television and will include live link-ups around the country to special cinema screenings.’
      • ‘Millward was interviewed via satellite link-up for the imminent vacancy at Wests Tigers last week.’
      amalgamation, combination, merging, union, fusion, coalition, affiliation, coupling, unification, incorporation, coalescence, consolidation, confederation, hook-up, link-up
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