Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

connection - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun connection pronunciation in British English /kəˈnekʃ(ə)n/
Word Forms
Close
singularconnection
pluralconnections
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  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 surname 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 plane that allows you to continue a journey after you arrive by a different train, bus, or plane
    miss your connection: My train was late and I missed my connection.
    1. a.
      [usually plural] a road or railway system that allows you to travel from one place to another
      Birmingham has excellent road and rail connections.
  3. 3
    [countable] a means of communicating using a telephone or computer network
    a phone connection via satellite from Dubai
    a slow connection speed
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the process of joining two things
    The gas company said there will be a connection charge of £30.
    connection to: The building is ready for connection to the mains.
    1. a.
      [countable] a place where two things join
      The light keeps flickering – there must be a loose connection.
  5. 5

    connections

    [plural] people you know who are able to use their influence to help you
    He used his party connections to get a government job.

spiralizer

a piece of kitchen equipment used for cutting vegetables into very thin, long strips

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog