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noun connection pronunciation in British 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 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


    [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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