Definition of connect in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established.

    ‘the electrodes were connected to a recording device’
    ‘a modem connects computers over a telephone line’
    • ‘This is particularly scary when you think of the number of laptops with modems that are connected to phone lines at some point.’
    • ‘He stared dumbly at the end of the cable - the end which should have been connected to the computer!’
    • ‘A stylus is a pen that comes with a drawing pad, which is connected to the computer.’
    • ‘The antenna on the customer's roof is connected through a wire to a modem connected to a home computer through a network card that can handle a fast stream of data.’
    • ‘The first efforts used a single camera, but his real success came when his ‘special exposing apparatus’ was connected to a series of still cameras.’
    • ‘We were on the 15th floor and the keyboard as you might have guessed, was still connected to the computer.’
    • ‘As the photographer took the pictures, the director watched them via the photographer's mobile phone, which was connected to his computer in New York.’
    • ‘The scheme will be enforced by cameras which read number plates and are connected to a computer system which deducts the fee from a pre-paid account.’
    • ‘My personal setup includes a number of instruments connected to an audio mixer, which is connected to the computer via a USB audio interface.’
    • ‘‘I grew tired of waiting to get onto the computer that was connected to broadband,’ he says.’
    • ‘Data is obtained by a camera that is connected to a computer system that calculates areas of air pressure by measuring the amount of luminescence on the surfaces.’
    • ‘We have computers which are not connected to networks because we can't afford it.’
    • ‘If one has a computer that is connected to the Internet, the temptation for surfing is often very high.’
    • ‘There is presently no better way to successfully market a school than convince parents the school is equipped with the latest computers and is connected to the World Wide Web.’
    • ‘The machine has an expandable sewing field, and can be connected to a computer network or run from a machine-attached disk drive.’
    • ‘Some of these can be programmed with buttons on the timer; some must be connected to a computer to select the times.’
    • ‘The output of the latter was connected to a computer for further treatment and printing.’
    • ‘This little burst of atoms is pulled into the mass spectrometer, which is connected to a computer.’
    • ‘None of the computers will be connected to a network or the Internet; and the 16 to 20 students will be given ethics training.’
    • ‘Some mobiles contain modems that can be connected to a laptop computer for internet access while you're on the road.’
    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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    1. 1.1 Join together so as to provide access and communication.
      ‘all the buildings are connected by underground passages’
      no object ‘the highway connects with major routes from all parts of the country’
      • ‘Three existing buildings needed to be connected through a central circulation space.’
      • ‘The two buildings will be connected by an underground rail link and the tubular passageways, one of which will be rebuilt to accommodate a moving walkway.’
      • ‘The pool is more like a shared open space that connects the two families, but privacy is maintained by the use of the wall screen.’
      • ‘The current wall separating the Great Hall and the Multi-Purpose Room is going to be removed and replaced with sliding doors to better connect the two rooms.’
      • ‘Olivia led her sister to the smallest of a cluster of gothic inspired buildings that were connected by a courtyard.’
      • ‘She pointed to the door which connected the two bedrooms.’
      • ‘The word ‘bridge’ in this community's name comes from the corridors and bridges that connect the seven buildings.’
      • ‘Much international misunderstanding will disappear when all the islands of mankind are connected together with the bridges of communication technology.’
      • ‘She wasn't very successful, however, as the wooden door that connected the two rooms was made of very thick wood.’
      • ‘Cobwebs cover the door connecting No 10 to No 11.’
      • ‘If you can, you may want to build a cat door and connect a special little runway for your kitty that goes straight to his or her outdoor enclosure.’
      • ‘Columns ran along both the front and the back to hold up the crosswalks overhead that connected the two dayclass buildings on either side.’
      • ‘He cast his eye to the door that connected the two rooms and shook his head.’
      • ‘Currently, the group monitors and controls more than 60 buildings, which are connected together by a process control network.’
      • ‘Inside, a skylit atrium runs the full length of the building, connecting its richly complex spaces.’
      • ‘Padding from the bathroom, I opened the door that connected their two rooms, entering the den of the sleeping dragon.’
      • ‘New parts are housed in three blocks organized in a semi-circle around a node that connects with the existing building.’
      • ‘Although the cages acted as windows to his goal, there was no obvious door connecting the two areas.’
      • ‘The ghost corridor is a walkway area through each lab that connects with a door allowing movement from one lab to another.’
      • ‘In 1958, for example, there was universal praise for the building of the Mackinac Bridge which connects the lower and upper peninsulas in Michigan.’
    2. 1.2 Link to a power or water supply.
      ‘your house is connected to the main cable TV network’
      • ‘It will be connected to the main supply in the summer.’
      • ‘It will take decades of economic growth before any great number of them can expect to be connected to a national power grid, or urban-style running water.’
      • ‘Lead-acid batteries are nowadays helping the two billion persons not connected to any power supply.’
      • ‘Overseas readers of this site may be unaware that most houses in Bermuda are not connected to a mains water supply.’
      • ‘Schemes with a sub-standard supply will be connected to the public water supply networks.’
      • ‘The property has freehold title, is connected to the public water scheme and electricity supply and has a phone line.’
      • ‘Since the overwhelming majority of us are connected to the electricity grid, gas mains or both, the scourge of indoor air pollution is not a killer.’
      • ‘Barnsley Council says it did not plant the device, and mystery grew because it did not appear to have been connected to a power supply or transmitter.’
      • ‘The researchers have so far used the technique to make simple organic LED arrays that display images when connected to a power supply, as well as power-generating solar cells.’
      • ‘The water supply was to be connected to the city water mains.’
      • ‘The units may or may not be connected to a larger power grid.’
      • ‘They are less likely than the well-off to be connected to mains water supplies and pay on average 12 times more per litre.’
      • ‘Even in Aberdeenshire, some communities have only recently been connected to the mains supply for the first time.’
      • ‘However, it is hoped the new unit, unlike the current one, would be connected to sewage and water utilities.’
      • ‘A remote Dales village which has never been connected to a mains water supply has been linked up to a moorland spring.’
      • ‘Several new houses in the village had been connected to the new supply but were not being charged.’
    3. 1.3 Put (someone) into contact by telephone.
      ‘I was quickly connected to the police’
      • ‘There was a faint click and buzz as the operator connected me to his room, followed by several rings before he picked up.’
      • ‘The operator connected me to a service representative.’
      • ‘She took out her cell phone and called information, and was soon connected to the power company, who put her on hold for 45 minutes.’
      • ‘Eventually we were connected to Her Majesty's press office.’
      • ‘Also, when I dial 999 I am connected to Wakefield whose staff haven't a clue where I am or what I am talking about.’
      • ‘The operator connected me with a man named Tim in sales.’
      • ‘She entered the number her father had written on the card and was connected to the real site.’
    4. 1.4no object (of a train, bus, aircraft, etc.) be timed to arrive at its destination before another train, aircraft, etc., departs so that passengers can transfer from one to the other.
      ‘the bus connects with trains from Union Station’
      • ‘We do need to ensure that the train connects to the Larkspur ferries and that enough bus and shuttle connections are included in the plan.’
      • ‘This bus connects to not only Train 92 northbound, but also Train 97 southbound.’
      • ‘You don't need to get a transfer ticket as the train connects to the bus station.’
      • ‘There has been some confusion regarding the Wednesday bus service that connects with the Galway bus for day trips to Galway or Knock.’
      • ‘The local bus connects with the Galway bus in Tubbercurry and meets again on the return journey.’
      • ‘The town is on the Furness line - a scenic coastal route - and within easy reach is the Lakeland and Haverthwaite Railway, which connects with cruises from the southern tip of Windermere.’
      • ‘We have close to 900 airplanes, so we are connecting them at hubs, 50 airplanes connecting to 50 other airplanes.’
      • ‘This is too early, but happens to be the only ferry that connects with a bus, so we'll leave that be and grumble quietly.’
      • ‘The airport is a couple hours outside the city, so the bus that connects to this specific flight leaves at 3 am.’
      • ‘At that point buses can connect to the rest of Richmond.’
    5. 1.5 Associate or relate in some respect.
      ‘employees are rewarded with bonuses connected to their firm's performance’
      ‘a variety of physical complaints connected with stress’
      • ‘The three independent stories are connected with a quarrel between the couple.’
      • ‘Learning experience is enhanced when students feel that they are connected with an endeavor that is respected in the college.’
      • ‘It is intimately connected with egotism, vanity, and spite: at its worst it becomes indistinguishable from full-blown pride.’
      • ‘I think the issue at hand is really the necessity for designers to understand and be aware of the associations our visuals are connected to.’
      • ‘The damage and assault charges were connected with that incident when the shopkeeper locked the door, brought out a baseball bat and there was a fracas, he said.’
      • ‘The haul is connected with two previous seizures, a two kilo heroin haul last May, when one person was arrested, and a six kilo heroin haul in April, when six were arrested.’
      • ‘Salary requirements are negotiable and are directly connected to what you bring to the table.’
      • ‘The report said that almost half of all the disputes were connected with motor and household insurance.’
      • ‘The timing of the raids was brought forward in the wake of the publicity over the perceived threat to US financial institutions, although the arrests were not connected with that threat.’
      • ‘A ratio higher than 1 in a product group is connected with a comparative advantage.’
      • ‘The central incident of the play is doubtless connected with the celebration of the death of the year and its resurrection in the spring.’
      • ‘As it happens, this point is closely connected with an important, and somewhat exotic, constitutional principle.’
      • ‘If meaning was closely connected with sense-experiences, it was hard to see what experiences could confirm or disconfirm the existence of a God.’
      • ‘And whatever personal plans we may conceive, each of us knows that they are directly connected with the welfare and successes of our Russia.’
      • ‘They've been married for fourteen years, and this trip is connected with some incident that occurred while they were dating.’
      • ‘By the eighteenth century, masculine chastity was closely connected with one's respectability and membership among the middling sorts.’
      • ‘We narrowed it down to a range of issues which we feel are connected with what the Pope himself would like to say in his next encyclical about the relationship between capital and labour in a globalised world.’
      • ‘The date was chosen not because it was connected with the birth of Jesus, but because it was the Roman festival of Natalis Invicti, which marked the birth of the sun.’
      • ‘The reason American popular culture dominates the globe is connected with the fact that the US is currently the most powerful nation, economically and militarily, on earth.’
      • ‘He believes that the revival of the west is not just about economics, politics and policies, it is also connected with regaining our spiritual roots.’
      associate, link, couple
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    6. 1.6 Think of as being linked or related.
      ‘I didn't connect the two incidents at the time’
      • ‘We expected students to connect related concepts and label the links that represent the relationships between concepts precisely.’
      • ‘I connected those ideas inappropriately.’
      • ‘I connected the ideas pretty quickly and once I explained the phenomenon to those around me, we all felt better.’
      • ‘Studies have connected reduced calorie diet to longer life for 75 years, but genetics is now explaining it.’
      • ‘I connected these thoughts with the words of David, when he longed for a drink of the well at Bethlehem.’
    7. 1.7 (of a thing) provide or have a link or relationship with (someone or something)
      ‘there was no evidence to connect Jeff with the theft’
      • ‘Nonetheless, they provided the missing link that connected a flailing Wild West show tradition with the Western movie industry.’
      • ‘First, he wonders how natural selection connects up with mental development.’
      • ‘They provide the connecting fabric that links us together as Canadians.’
      • ‘Further, the closely related Nemertodermatida provide a connecting link to more conventional bilaterian designs.’
      • ‘The discretion to deprive a successful litigant of costs is one which must be exercised judicially and upon proper material connected with the case.’
      • ‘Each crime that is correctly connected to a real perpetrator is a crime that is unlikely to involve a prosecution of an innocent.’
      • ‘A man thought to be connected to the series of scams is being held in custody and is due to be questioned by Avon and Somerset police.’
      • ‘We were showing them that the Bible could be connected to the real world.’
      • ‘Well obviously the themes I'm interested in now are more connected to [real] life and human experience.’
      • ‘The organisation was not connected with the farm though.’
      • ‘I would agree with that and think it connects up with what you are asking, only with the proviso that it is not a sudden reinvention.’
      • ‘For how can we really connect with what is not also connected with our daily lives?’
      • ‘This interestingly connects up with the mp3 debate currently raging in the comments below because in many ways the cost of producing a universe is that your characters become public property.’
    8. 1.8no object Form a relationship or feel an affinity.
      ‘I taught in a reading program and I connected with kids individually’
      • ‘We don't see their interactions with other people very much, so we don't really know if they actually appear to connect with everyone they meet on that level, or if it is as magical and possibly once in a lifetime as it appears.’
      • ‘Fathers' narrative accounts are explored to illustrate particular ways in which men may connect with their children to foster better relationships.’
      • ‘Even today, opportunities to connect with other African Americans are few.’
      • ‘What data in your digital profile would make it possible for you to more easily find relevant media, and to connect with others with whom you share affinities?’
      • ‘This helped them to connect with the students and to develop relationships as trusted mentors, tutors, role models, counselors, and advocates.’
      • ‘The history of the church proves that if we connect with others, meet them where they are, we just might save ourselves.’
      • ‘Coming to the conference is a unique opportunity to meet and connect with other members of the photographic community.’
      • ‘In fact, the city's small airport affords her the opportunity to connect with local political and business leaders at a moment's notice.’
      • ‘He still had his Mom, Suzan, but he didn't connect with her like he connected with his Dad.’
      • ‘Then events occur that show them that they can connect with a significant number of like-minded others.’
      • ‘Shortened lengths of stay in hospitals can lead to clinicians' feelings of unfamiliarity with patients or not having the opportunity to connect with patients.’
      • ‘For musicians, the ringtone also presents an irresistible opportunity to connect with fans.’
      • ‘At the same time, it is an opportunity to connect with others.’
      • ‘The centrality of relationships, as the environments invite explorers to connect with one another’
      • ‘The idea is to let people build their own family tree, explore family history and potentially connect with living relatives.’
      • ‘For those who did attend, however, the opportunities to learn and connect with like-minded professionals were still strong and diverse.’
      • ‘Do you think he can meet your test and connect with voters in the South and in the border States in the general election?’
      • ‘They offer framers an opportunity to connect with their customers, create a fun atmosphere and have greater control over their profits.’
      • ‘Is it not essentially about relationships, about how we connect with God, others, self and nature?’
      • ‘From the hub, flights to Manchester, England expand the commitment to Caribbean nationals wanting to connect with relatives in Europe.’
    9. 1.9informal no object (of a blow) hit the intended target.
      ‘the blow connected and he felt a burst of pain’
      • ‘The heavy blow connected solidly, throwing the blond man to the floor.’
      • ‘Caleb felt the blow connect with several ribs and knew if he sustained another one in the same spot the ribs would break for sure.’
      • ‘That blow was delivered but it connected on a very unexpected target.’
      • ‘It is one thing to be able to connect on an inanimate target at a known distance from a solid target shooting position.’
      • ‘If he had connected he would have knocked his intended target into next week, and the resulting brawl would have been even uglier than the later incidents we did get to see.’
      • ‘His arm came down hard and fast but it never connected with its intended target.’
      • ‘His fall was postponed just long enough for the first blow to connect with his right side, lifting him off his feet for an instant.’
      • ‘My left arm connects again with his left, stopping the blow dead, but I'm not stopping.’
      • ‘The next blow connected to her ribs and she gasped in pain.’
      • ‘He returned with a low slash under the shield of his opponent, the blow connected with his enemy's midsection with a loud thunk.’
      • ‘Splashes and booms followed, but no shells connected with their intended target.’
      • ‘After a few more seconds, she connected with a blow to my left arm, cutting it deeply.’
      • ‘The blow did not connect of course, for the monk caught the fist with his hands almost reflexively, but it was not the end.’
      • ‘The slugs connected to their target, spinning it around, and nearly knocking it from the sky.’
      • ‘The blow connected, and the metal against metal sound rang through the chill night air and died off as the crowd's various murmurs and catcalls fell silent.’
      • ‘When a blow connects which would have knocked him out were he not wearing his suit, he signals his surrender, and the fight is won.’
      • ‘The heavy blow connected, catching her off guard.’
      • ‘When the blow connected to the place right above his temple, Brad lurched to the side, landing hard on the floor, and not moving.’
      • ‘He ducked the blow and countered it, his own fist connecting with my jaw and his knee finding its way to my stomach.’
      • ‘The assassin leaped up high into the night sky with his right foot extended towards his foe on the way down - truly an incapacitating blow if it connected with flesh.’
      hit, strike, slap, smack, crack, bang, connect with, contact
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘be united physically’; rare before the 18th century): from Latin connectere, from con- ‘together’ + nectere ‘bind’.