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[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.
Origin of connect
late Middle English
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 reconnect
  • Long-lost friends can reconnect, far-flung ones can stay in touch.
  • There are boxes, things get lost, nobody can find your new office and the phone always takes longer to reconnect than planned.
  • In either case, you're busy trying to learn student names and reconnect with your colleagues.
  • We must reconnect back to nature to find our answers.
  • Allowing prisoners to vote will not magically reconnect them with society, but it will probably do more good than excluding them.
  • reconnect with fiscal and monetary measures to see if you can mitigate the harsh effects that is causing this recession.
  • Inmates on rehabilitation are encouraged to reconnect with friends and family on frequent home visits.
  • At home anywhere, they are a great way to reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones.
  • We can reconnect old components in new ways to create completely new functionality.
  • Evidence is mounting that some patients who appear unconscious may be able to reconnect to the world.
British Dictionary definitions for reconnect


to link or be linked together again
Derived Forms
reconnection, noun


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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Contemporary definitions for reconnect

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Word Origin and History for reconnect

1752, from re- + connect (v.). Related: Reconnected; reconnecting.



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.

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reconnect 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 reconnect


  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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