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noun connection pronunciation in American English /kəˈnekʃ(ə)n/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] a relationship between things or events
    connection between:

    I fail to see a connection between the two cases.

    connection with/to:

    His question had no direct connection with our discussion.

    make a connection (=realize that a relationship exists):

    I knew they had the same last name but I didn't make the connection.

    1. a.
      [often plural] a relationship between people or groups

      China is trying to strengthen its trade connections.

      Prisoners are encouraged to maintain family connections.

      connection with:

      She was alleged to have connections with the secret police.

  2. 2
    [countable] a train, bus, or airplane that allows you to continue a trip after you arrive by a different train, bus, or airplane
    miss your connection:

    My train was late and I missed my connection.

    1. a.
      [usually plural] a road or railroad system that allows you to travel from one place to another

      Chicago has excellent road and rail connections.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the process of joining two things

    The water board said there will be a connection charge of $50.

    connection to:

    The building is ready for connection to the power lines.

    1. a.
      [countable] a place where two things join

      The light keeps flickering – there must be a loose connection.

  4. 4
    [countable] a means of communicating using a telephone or computer network

    a phone connection via satellite from Dubai

    a slow connection speed

  5. 5


    [plural] people you know who are able to use their influence to help you

    He used his party connections to get a government job.



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