Meaning of “connection” in the English Dictionary

"connection" in British English

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connectionnoun

uk /kəˈnek.ʃən/ us /kəˈnek.ʃən/

connection noun (RELATION)

B2 [ C ] the state of being related to someone or something else:

The connection between smoking and heart disease is well known.
They're sisters? I knew their surname was the same, but I never made (= thought of) the connection.
in connection with sth

B2 on the subject of something:

They want to talk to you in connection with an unpaid tax bill.

More examples

  • A man was being questioned in connection with her disappearance.
  • Police are interviewing a 43-year-old man in connection with the murder.
  • There's no observable connection between the two events.
  • We were only able to make a tenuous connection between the two robberies.
  • There is a direct connection between smoking and lung cancer.

connection noun (JOIN)

B1 [ C or U ] the act of joining or being joined to something else, or the part or process that makes this possible:

The electricity company guarantees connection within 24 hours.
No wonder your charger isn't working. There's a loose connection (= a connecting wire has become loose) in the plug.

[ C ] the state of being joined or connected in some way

connections [ plural ]

the people you know and who can help you:

He only got the job because of his connections!
He has important connections in Washington.

connection noun (TRANSPORT)

B2 [ C ] a bus, train, plane, etc. that arrives at a time that allows passengers to get on after getting off another one, so that they can continue their journey:

If the flight is late, we'll miss our connection.

(Definition of “connection” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"connection" in American English

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connectionnoun [ C/U ]

us /kəˈnek·ʃən/

connection noun [ C/U ] (TRANSPORTATION)

the fact of arriving on an aircraft, train, etc., before a second vehicle, on which passengers can continue their trip, leaves:

We were delayed and missed our connection.

connection noun [ C/U ] (THINGS JOINED)

the fact of joining two things together, or two things joined together:

[ C ] a sewer connection

connection noun [ C/U ] (RELATION)

the relationship of a person, thing, or behavior to someone or something else:

[ C ] Science has not shown a connection between drinking raw milk and disease prevention.
[ U ] Two men have been arrested in connection with the theft (= in some relation to it).
[ C ] He got the job through connections (= people who helped him).

(Definition of “connection” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"connection" in Business English

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connectionnoun

uk /kəˈnekʃən/ us

[ C ] a relationship between two things, ideas, etc.:

connection between sth and sth a study of the connection between pay and performance

[ C or U ] INTERNET, IT, COMMUNICATIONS a way of joining users to a system, such as the internet or a phone system:

a(n) internet/broadband/wireless connection
Could you speak up, please? This is a very bad connection.
The electricity company promises connection for new customers within 48 hours.

[ C ] TRANSPORT a plane, train, etc. that leaves at a suitable time for you to take it to continue your journey after travelling on another plane, train, etc.:

We missed our connection and had to stay overnight at an airport hotel.
connections [ plural ]

important people who you know and who can help and advise you:

Through his father's connections he got a job with a bank in the City.
connections [ plural ]

TRANSPORT road, rail, etc. systems between one place and another:

Improved road and rail connections have benefited the area greatly.

(Definition of “connection” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)