Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To put or bring together so as to make continuous or form a unit: join two boards with nails; joined hands in a circle.
  • transitive v. To put or bring into close association or relationship: two families that were joined by marriage; join forces.
  • transitive v. To connect (points), as with a straight line.
  • transitive v. To meet and merge with: where the creek joins the river.
  • transitive v. To become a part or member of: joined the photography club.
  • transitive v. To come into the company of: joined the group in the waiting room.
  • transitive v. To participate with in an act or activity: The committee joins me in welcoming you.
  • transitive v. To adjoin.
  • transitive v. To engage in; enter into: Opposing armies joined battle on the plain.
  • intransitive v. To come together so as to form a connection: where the two bones join.
  • intransitive v. To act together; form an alliance: The two factions joined to oppose the measure.
  • intransitive v. To become a member of a group.
  • intransitive v. To take part; participate: joined in the search.
  • n. A joint; a junction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To combine more than one item into one; to put together.
  • v. To come together; to meet.
  • v. To come into the company of.
  • v. To become a member of.
  • v. To produce an intersection of data in two or more database tables.
  • n. An intersection of piping or wiring; an interconnect.
  • n. An intersection of data in two or more database tables.
  • n. The lowest upper bound, an operation between pairs of elements in a lattice, denoted by the symbol ∨.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bring together, literally or figuratively; to place in contact; to connect; to couple; to unite; to combine; to associate; to add; to append.
  • transitive v. To associate one's self to; to be or become connected with; to league one's self with; to unite with
  • transitive v. To unite in marriage.
  • transitive v. To enjoin upon; to command.
  • transitive v. To accept, or engage in, as a contest.
  • transitive v. To meet with and accompany.
  • transitive v. To combine with (another person) in performing some activity.
  • intransitive v. To be contiguous, close, or in contact; to come together; to unite; to mingle; to form a union
  • n. The line joining two points; the point common to two intersecting lines.
  • n. The place or part where objects have been joined; a joint; a seam.
  • n. The combining of multiple tables to answer a query in a relational database system.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put or bring together; bring into conjunction, or into association or harmony; unite; combine; associate: as, to join two planks by tenons; to join forces in an undertaking.
  • To unite, as one thing to or with another; bring into conjunction or association; cause to be united or connected in any way: followed by to or with.
  • To unite or form a junction with; become connected with or a part of; come into association or union with: as, to join a church, party, or society; the Missouri river joins the Mississippi; to join one in an enterprise.
  • To unite or take part in, in a friendly or hostile manner; engage in with another or others: as, he joined issue with his opponent; the forces joined battle.
  • To adjoin; be adjacent or contiguous to: as, his land joins mine.
  • To enjoin; command.
  • To be contiguous or close; lie or come together; form a junction.
  • To unite or become associated; confederate; league.
  • To meet in hostile encounter; join battle.
  • n. The place where two things are joined; the line or surface of juncture; a joint; also, the mode of joining.
  • To draw, as the sect of which A and B are the end points.
  • n. In geometry, the straight determined by two points.
  • n. An abbreviation of joinery.

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

  • v. be or become joined or united or linked
  • v. make contact or come together
  • n. a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets
  • n. the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
  • v. become part of; become a member of a group or organization
  • v. cause to become joined or linked
  • v. come into the company of

Etymologies

Middle English joinen, from Old French joindre, joign-, join-, from Latin iungere.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French joindre, from Latin iungō ("join, yoke"), from Proto-Indo-European *yeug- “to join, unite”. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The simple reason I want to join is to "make friends", ease our integration to a new culture, and learn a thing or two the simpler way rather than the hard way (aka: why reinvent the wheel).

    The Brick Wall and Expats

  • When the truth of her misfortune dawned upon her, she thought of nothing but to fly from the place to where she did not know, till the destroyer of her virtue advised her to go to Montreal, where he would in short join and marry her.

    The Mysteries of Montreal Being Recollections of a Female Physician

  • If you enjoy reading in Spanish, join our reading group the second Saturday of every month.

    Greeley Tribune - Top Stories

  • While in the past, pretty young women were tasked with reeling in the customers, an ever increasing number of those good-looking "ikemen," as those hunks are called in Japanese, join the ranks of the business eye-candy.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • The winner will receive the $15,000 Canwest Canspell Education Award, sponsored by Egg Farmers of Canada, as well as having their name join the list of champions on the Canwest Canspell Cup.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Must we call join the Democratic party now and wear party buttons?

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

  • The titles join 500 other movies that have been added to the registry since it was created in 1989 by the National Film Preservation Act. To be eligible for the registry, a film must be at least 10 years old.

    Starpulse Entertainment News

  • The South African design duo and Argentinean label join show forces

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  • Laurence Urdang In your review of Kind Words [XI,4], you remark that the euphemism join the majority (instead of die) will soon be meaningless, "for there will be more people alive on this planet than ever died."

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIII No 2

  • If the word really meant what she thought it did - "join" - then sending it again could do no harm.

    Rosetta

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