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[kuh-nek-tid] /kəˈnɛk tɪd/
united, joined, or linked.
having a connection.
joined together in sequence; linked coherently:
connected ideas.
related by family ties.
having social or professional relationships, especially with influential or powerful persons.
Mathematics. pertaining to a set for which no cover exists, consisting of two open sets whose intersections with the given set are disjoint and nonempty.
Origin of connected
1705-15; connect + -ed2
Related forms
connectedly, adverb
connectedness, noun
subconnectedly, adverb
well-connected, adjective


[kuh-nekt] /kəˈnɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to join, link, or fasten together; unite or bind:
to connect the two cities by a bridge; Communication satellites connect the local stations into a network.
to establish communication between; put in communication:
Operator, will you please connect me with Mr. Jones?
to have as an accompanying or associated feature:
pleasures connected with music.
to cause to be associated, as in a personal or business relationship:
to connect oneself with a group of like-minded persons; Our bank is connected with major foreign banks.
to associate mentally or emotionally:
She connects all telegrams with bad news.
to link to an electrical or communications system; hook up:
to connect a telephone.
verb (used without object)
to become connected; join or unite:
These two parts connect at the sides.
(of trains, buses, etc.) to run so as to make connections (often followed by with):
This bus connects with a northbound bus.
Informal. to have or establish successful communication; make contact:
I connected with two new clients today.
Informal. to relate to or be in harmony with another person, one's work, etc.:
We knew each other well but never connected.
Slang. (of an addict or drug dealer) to make direct contact for the illegal sale or purchase of narcotics.
Sports. to hit successfully or solidly:
The batter connected for a home run. The boxer connected with a right.
of or relating to a connection or connections:
connect charges for a new cable television channel.
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin connectere, equivalent to con- con- + nectere to tie; see nexus
Related forms
connectible, connectable, adjective
connectibility, connectability, noun
misconnect, verb
reconnect, verb (used with object)
subconnect, verb
1. See join.
1. divide. 4. dissociate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for connected
  • Clearly, people were hungry for the old, connected ways of eating.
  • Squares and rectangles appear throughout the garden and shape three multilevel backyard patios connected by wide stairs.
  • The offsets are usually connected to the parent by a single root that's easy to sever.
  • And, surprisingly, it is possible that these facts are connected.
  • More and more are getting connected so that they can communicate the information they contain to the outside world.
  • Financial intermediation is in a lot of texts but only recently has it been connected to more systematic treatments of cycles.
  • Get connected with friends back in high school, share pics more easily across the globe.
  • Those who support it argue that other animals sing, too, and that their songs often seem to be connected with courtship.
  • The big question is how all these devices will be connected and controlled.
  • At the top, there are often cushy, well-paid jobs for the children of the well connected.
British Dictionary definitions for connected


joined or linked together
(of speech) coherent and intelligible
(logic, maths) (of a relation) such that either it or its converse holds between any two members of its domain
Derived Forms
connectedly, adverb


to link or be linked together; join; fasten
(transitive) to relate or associate: I connect him with my childhood
(transitive) to establish telephone communications with or between
(intransitive) to be meaningful or meaningfully related
(intransitive) (of two public vehicles, such as trains or buses) to have the arrival of one timed to occur just before the departure of the other, for the convenient transfer of passengers
(intransitive) (informal) to hit, punch, kick, etc, solidly
(intransitive) (US & Canadian, informal) to be successful
(intransitive) (slang) to find a source of drugs, esp illegal drugs
Derived Forms
connectible, connectable, adjective
connector, connecter, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin connectere to bind together, from nectere to bind, tie
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Word Origin and History for connected



mid-15c., from Latin conectere "join together" (see connection). Displaced 16c. by connex (1540s), from Middle French connexer, from Latin *connexare, a supposed frequentative of conectere (past participle stem connex-). Connect was re-established 1670s.

A similar change took place in French, where connexer was superseded by connecter. Meaning "to establish a relationship" (with) is from 1881. Slang meaning "get in touch with" is attested by 1926, from telephone connections. Meaning "awaken meaningful emotions, establish rapport" is from 1942. Of a hit or blow, "to reach the target," from c.1920. Related: Connected; connecting; connectedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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connected in Medicine

connect con·nect (kə-někt')
v. con·nect·ed, con·nect·ing, con·nect·s

  1. To join or fasten together.

  2. To become joined or united.

con·nec'tor n.
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Slang definitions & phrases for connected


  1. To hit someone very hard: He connected with a rude one to the jaw (1930s+)
  2. To buy narcotics or other contraband (1960s+ Narcotics)
  3. To get along with; establish rapport with; click: She's never been able to connect with her tenant (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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