Definition of hookup in English:

hookup

noun

  • 1A connection to a public electric, water, or sewer line, or to a similar service.

    ‘the campground has 70 sites with water and sewer hookups’
    • ‘A modem translates the computer's outgoing data into a form that can be transmitted through the phone hookup.’
    • ‘That means the phones work in homes that don't have a broadband hookup or a wireless router of their own.’
    • ‘Roads and water and electrical infrastructure hookups to the complex are now in place.’
    • ‘One of Sullivan's disgruntled employees came forward to charge that the company was using its city contracts as a front to hide a nefarious plan to make illegal water hook-ups.’
    • ‘We don't offer sewer hookups or anything like that.’
    • ‘This is a bit of a disaster because of the growing popularity of ADSL, DSL, and cable modem hook-ups.’
    • ‘Increased infrastructure, electrical hook-ups and modern-style buildings have no role in an ancient forest.’
    • ‘Down in the press room with its barrage of electric hookups for reporters' laptops, a couple of Swiss women answered questions in perfect English.’
    • ‘Most of the campsites have electric hookups, and water is available throughout the campground.’
    • ‘Electrical outlets, tabled work stations and necessary hook-ups for laptop and other portable computers will be available for high-speed Internet and Intranet access.’
    • ‘He testified in a court filled with 18th Century tradition, using high definition television and the latest in satellite hook-ups from Paris.’
    • ‘They offer over 50 campsites with electric hookups, water, full restroom facilities, and hot showers.’
    • ‘Meeting these goals will require providing new water hook-ups for 300,000 people every year and new sanitation facilities for 400,000 per year.’
    • ‘The caravan park has electrical hook-ups with a purpose built shower and toilet block.’
    • ‘The third arbitrator will be on a videoconference hook-up in Paris, Williams said.’
    • ‘The program is paid for by a fee for new hookups to the water system.’
    • ‘The house had to be lifted to accommodate a gravity feed for a sewer hookup from the basement.’
    • ‘The attorney general, who was in Moscow on other business, made the announcement through a television hook-up.’
    • ‘You can be sure defence lawyers will be calling the experts from the south to either appear in Queensland courts or take part in lengthy and expensive telephone hook-ups.’
    • ‘The council is confident it can ride out the emergency if people are careful because the reservoirs are receiving water from temporary hook-ups to bores in Muttons Rd and Bayliss Rd.’
    • ‘He said the town has other property with water and sewer hookups that is ready to be developed; he therefore imputes political motives to the plan to take the last of this land.’
    • ‘With the satellite hook-up from the 121st Signal Battalion, we were operational three hours after arrival in Mitrovica.’
    • ‘All of my encounters with him were conducted via the magic of studio hook-ups.’
    • ‘The network would organise computer hook-ups, educational broadcasts, and the sharing of library resources among the participants.’
    • ‘Even with a satellite hookup, multiple televisions and an extended leave of absence from work, you couldn't possibly watch them all.’
    • ‘He notes that demand in the Sun Belt, where roughly half of all new construction is taking place, has been stifled by moratoriums on new water and sewer hookups.’
    • ‘We use satellite hook-ups and we can get detailed map readouts to guide you.’
    • ‘The council said it was going to be stables - but you don't have three sets of electrical hook-ups and a cesspit for stables.’
    • ‘It's a tracking device alright, but it's through software that enables your satellite hook-up.’
    • ‘Those serving as far afield as the Middle East, Europe and the United States of America will soon be able to chat with and see their families through a computer hook-up.’
    • ‘This fight gave birth to the age of satellite TV hook-ups.’
    • ‘In the future, it is likely that world leaders will meet over satellite TV hookups or online, making it harder to confront them or hold them accountable.’
    • ‘And sales of broadband hookups surged 18%, to $97 million.’
    • ‘The hotel group is also standardising amenities - including bath products, TVs, new beds and technology hook-ups - at all its hotels, which it categorizes as four-star properties.’
    • ‘So when the world's largest private-prison company offered to employ 350 people, local officials welcomed it with tax breaks and free water and sewer hookups.’
    • ‘If there is no electrical hookup, it can use the energy from a car battery, solar cell, or bicycle generator.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, we don't have the ability to provide water or electric hookups.’
    • ‘Miller looked at the television screen that connected him via satellite hookup to Washington.’
    • ‘He reviewed the design to make sure that the plumbing and electrical hookups would work with the equipment the family planned to purchase.’
    amalgamation, combination, merging, union, fusion, coalition, affiliation, coupling, unification, incorporation, coalescence, consolidation, confederation, hook-up, link-up
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    1. 1.1 An interconnection of broadcasting equipment for special transmissions.
      ‘he reached a global audience on the satellite hookup’
      • ‘The hotel group is also standardising amenities - including bath products, TVs, new beds and technology hook-ups - at all its hotels, which it categorizes as four-star properties.’
      • ‘All of my encounters with him were conducted via the magic of studio hook-ups.’
      • ‘It's a tracking device alright, but it's through software that enables your satellite hook-up.’
      • ‘The council said it was going to be stables - but you don't have three sets of electrical hook-ups and a cesspit for stables.’
      • ‘The caravan park has electrical hook-ups with a purpose built shower and toilet block.’
      • ‘Electrical outlets, tabled work stations and necessary hook-ups for laptop and other portable computers will be available for high-speed Internet and Intranet access.’
      • ‘And sales of broadband hookups surged 18%, to $97 million.’
      • ‘Increased infrastructure, electrical hook-ups and modern-style buildings have no role in an ancient forest.’
      • ‘The network would organise computer hook-ups, educational broadcasts, and the sharing of library resources among the participants.’
      • ‘Even with a satellite hookup, multiple televisions and an extended leave of absence from work, you couldn't possibly watch them all.’
      • ‘This fight gave birth to the age of satellite TV hook-ups.’
      • ‘In the future, it is likely that world leaders will meet over satellite TV hookups or online, making it harder to confront them or hold them accountable.’
      • ‘That means the phones work in homes that don't have a broadband hookup or a wireless router of their own.’
      • ‘The attorney general, who was in Moscow on other business, made the announcement through a television hook-up.’
      • ‘Those serving as far afield as the Middle East, Europe and the United States of America will soon be able to chat with and see their families through a computer hook-up.’
      • ‘You can be sure defence lawyers will be calling the experts from the south to either appear in Queensland courts or take part in lengthy and expensive telephone hook-ups.’
      • ‘Miller looked at the television screen that connected him via satellite hookup to Washington.’
      • ‘We use satellite hook-ups and we can get detailed map readouts to guide you.’
      • ‘The third arbitrator will be on a videoconference hook-up in Paris, Williams said.’
      • ‘With the satellite hook-up from the 121st Signal Battalion, we were operational three hours after arrival in Mitrovica.’
      • ‘He testified in a court filled with 18th Century tradition, using high definition television and the latest in satellite hook-ups from Paris.’
      • ‘A modem translates the computer's outgoing data into a form that can be transmitted through the phone hookup.’
      • ‘This is a bit of a disaster because of the growing popularity of ADSL, DSL, and cable modem hook-ups.’
  • 2informal An instance of people meeting, communicating, or cooperating.

    ‘he had an hour-long phone hookup with his six Senate colleagues’
    • ‘Mr Garrett said immediate discussions in good faith were needed with the states and he planned a phone hook-up with education ministers on Friday.’
    • ‘This afternoon Mr Howard held a phone hook-up with the State Premiers.’
    • ‘The Elton hook-up on Face To Face, which will be his next single, is something Gary is especially proud of.’
    • ‘The pop quartet have been talking up a potential hook-up with the candy-haired US rapper for weeks now.’
    • ‘Rumor has it the hook-up with Toyota will produce a new Z5 and hardcore 6-series.’
    • ‘Following their hookup in South Beach, the duo met up again in New York.’
    1. 2.1 A casual sexual encounter.
      ‘he was tired of meaningless hookups’
      • ‘32 % of the study volunteers said their relationship with their husband or wife began with a casual hookup.’
      • ‘It takes a while to find that their hook-up the last time he was in town produced a son.’
      • ‘If your heart broke for poor Felicity after Oliver and Isabel's hook-up, you're not alone!’
      • ‘And perhaps the biggest surprise of all, is that this doesn't seem to be a fleeting hook-up, but a real blossoming love.’
      • ‘The article added that she has since been engaging in "meaningless hookups - at least four in the last month".’
      • ‘Their hook-up wasn't about screwing with Don's head, or trying to lure him back in; it was sex.’
    2. 2.2 A person with whom someone has a casual sexual encounter.
      ‘she's hurt that her hookup didn't even bother to stick around long enough to say good morning’
      • ‘He came to Meadowsweet to photograph nature, not find a hookup, especially since his last relationship ended in disaster.’
      • ‘He hasn't seen his son in months; he's divorced; his one-time hook-up looks like she's going to remain a one-time hook-up.’
      • ‘Women choose their hookups using one set of criteria and a long term mate using another.’
      • ‘And whilst some girls will be on Tinder to find a hook-up, most aren't.’
      • ‘I kept myself busy by reconnecting with a one-off hook-up. This guy helped me take my mind off things.’

Pronunciation

hookup

/ˈho͝okˌəp//ˈhʊkˌəp/