from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To join or fasten together.
  • transitive v. To associate or consider as related: no reason to connect the two events. See Synonyms at join.
  • transitive v. To join to or by means of a communications circuit: Please connect me to the number in San Diego. Her computer is connected to the Internet.
  • transitive v. To plug in (an electrical cord or device) to an outlet.
  • intransitive v. To become joined or united: two streams connecting to form a river.
  • intransitive v. To be scheduled so as to provide continuing service, as between airplanes or buses.
  • intransitive v. To establish a rapport or relationship; relate: The candidate failed to connect with the voters.
  • intransitive v. Sports To hit or play a ball successfully: The batter connected for a home run.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To join (to another object): to attach, or to be intended to attach or capable of attaching, to another object.
  • v. To join: to attach, or to be intended to attach or capable of attaching, to each other.
  • v. To join (two other objects), or to join (one object) to (another object): to be a link between two objects, thereby attaching them to each other.
  • v. To join (two other objects), or to join (one object) to (another object): to take one object and attach it to another.
  • v. To join an electrical or telephone line to a circuit or network.
  • v. To associate.
  • v. To make a travel connection; to switch from one means of transport to another as part of the same trip.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To join, unite, or cohere; to have a close relation.
  • transitive v. To join, or fasten together, as by something intervening; to associate; to combine; to unite or link together; to establish a bond or relation between.
  • transitive v. To associate (a person or thing, or one's self) with another person, thing, business, or affair.
  • transitive v. To establish a communication link; -- used with with.
  • transitive v. To electronically or mechanically link (a device) to another device, or to link a device to a common communication line; -- used with with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bind or fasten together; join or unite; conjoin; combine; associate closely: as, to connect ideas; the strait of Gibraltar connects the Mediterranean with the Atlantic.
  • To join, unite, or cohere.
  • To make connection in time and place (with another train or boat): as, the boat connects with the train at Fall River.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. land on or hit solidly
  • v. be or become joined or united or linked
  • v. join for the purpose of communication
  • v. establish a rapport or relationship
  • v. plug into an outlet
  • v. join by means of communication equipment
  • v. make a logical or causal connection
  • v. hit or play a ball successfully
  • v. connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces
  • v. be scheduled so as to provide continuing service, as in transportation
  • v. establish communication with someone


Middle English connecten, from Latin cōnectere, connectere : cō-, com-, com- + nectere, to bind; see ned- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cōnnectō ("fasten together"), from con ("together") + nectō ("bind, tie"). (Wiktionary)



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    I'm uneasy about connect being used intransitively. Or is it parasitically attached to the with that follows share?

    February 11, 2009