General English

  • verb to join one thing to another
  • verb to link one person or thing with another
  • verb to make it possible for a telephone or a computer to be used for communicating with others
  • verb to arrive before another train, plane, bus or boat leaves, so that you can continue your journey easily

General Science

  • verb to join or associate two or more objects, processes or ideas together


  • verb to link together two points in a circuit or communications network


  • To join together. For example, to connect by means of a communications circuit, or to connect circuit components in parallel.

Information & Library Science

  • verb to join two things together

Media Studies

  • verb to enable people and organisations in different places to contact each other, e.g. by computer or telephone

Origin & History of “connect”

Etymologically, connect means ‘tie together’. It comes from Latin connectere, a compound verb formed from the prefix com- ‘together’ and nectere ‘bind, tie’ (whose past participial stem, nex-, is the ultimate source of English nexus (17th c.)). The derived noun connection first appeared, in the spelling connexion, in the 14th century.