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"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.

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  • 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   us   /kəˈnekʃən/
[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)
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