join - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlejoining
past tensejoined
past participlejoined
  1. 1
    [transitive] to become a member of an organization, club etc

    I’m thinking of joining a choir.

    countries that would like to join the EU

    He wants to join the army.

  2. 2



    join up

    [transitive] to connect two things

    Join the two edges of the material.

    join something to something:

    You have to join the smaller piece of wood to the main part.

    join something together:

    First, join the two pipes together.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become connected at a particular point
  3. 3
    [transitive] if you join a road, train, boat etc, you start to travel on it

    We joined the M1 at junction 28.

    Welcome to everyone who joined the cruise today.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to come together with other people or things

    Wendy went off to join her friends in the bar.

    The police car was soon joined by two ambulances.

    Sarah Davis now joins us from our Glasgow studios.

    join someone for something:

    Why don’t you join us for dinner tonight?

    join together to do something:

    The two schools have joined together to raise money for Mozambique.

    Do you mind if I join you?

    1. a.
      [transitive] to become involved in an activity

      There are fears that other rebel fighters may join the conflict.

      Many people have volunteered to join the search for the missing girl.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to become one of a group of similar people or things

      Helen has joined the ranks of the unemployed.

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