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verb connect pronunciation in American English /kəˈnekt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyconnect
he/she/itconnects
present participleconnecting
past tenseconnected
past participleconnected
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to join two things together

    She carefully connected the two wires.

    The boxes are connected by lines that show their mathematical relationships.

    connect something to/with something:

    It has speakers inside, which you can connect to your sound card.

    connect to/with:

    This cable connects to the back of the TV.

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    1. a.
      to join two places, making it possible for people and things to move between them

      A ferry connects the mainland and the island.

      connect something to/with something:

      The upper town is connected to the lower town by cable car.

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    2. b.

      connect

      or

      connect up

      to join something to a supply of electricity, water, etc.

      Check that your printer is connected properly and that the power is turned on.

      be connected to something:

      We aren't connected to the municipal water supply.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make it possible for someone to communicate using a telephone or computer network

    Please wait, we are trying to connect you.

    connect someone to/with something:

    The operator connected her to the police station.

    connect to/with:

    Your modem enables you to connect to the Internet.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to show a relationship between one person or thing and another

    There was no evidence then to connect smoking and lung cancer.

    connect someone with something:

    The public connects him with sports not politics.

    connect someone to something:

    There is no evidence to connect him to the murder.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] if one train, airplane, bus, etc. connects with another one, it arrives in time for you to continue your trip on the other one

    This train connects with the 9:05 train to Denver.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] to feel you understand someone or something and have the same ideas, opinions, and beliefs

    As soon as we met, we connected.

    connect with:

    Younger audiences didn't connect with the movie.

  6. 6
    [intransitive] to manage to hit someone or something

    His first punch didn't connect.

    connect with:

    Her foot connected with the ball.

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