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“connect” in British English

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connectverb

uk /kəˈnekt/ us /kəˈnekt/

connect verb (JOIN)

B1 [ I or T ] to join or be joined with something else:

Can I connect my printer to your computer?
Where does the stove connect (up) to the electricity?
Has the phone/electricity/gas/internet been connected (= switched on or joined to the main supply) in your new place yet?

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connect verb (RELATE)

C2 [ T ] to consider or show a person or thing to be related to someone or something else:

She's an actress I connect with the theatre rather than films.
Police are connecting the break-in with other recent thefts in the area.

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connect verb (RELATIONSHIP)

to feel close to someone or have a good relationship with them:

She has a remarkable ability to connect with a wide variety of people.
We just didn't connect.

connect verb (TRANSPORT)

[ I ] If two buses, trains, etc. connect, they arrive at times that allow passengers to get off one and onto another:

Your flight arrives at 12.30, when it connects with a bus service to your hotel.
There's a connecting train service between the airport and the city.

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

“connect” in American English

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connectverb

us /kəˈnekt/

connect verb (JOIN)

[ I/T ] to join together two things, or to be joined together:

[ I ] The printer connects to the computer.
[ T ] A ferry connects the island to the mainland.
[ T ] Is your electricity connected yet (= has your home been joined to the supply)?

connect verb (RELATE)

[ T ] to consider a person or thing as related in some way to something else:

[ T ] I connect Roberta Peters with the theater rather than movies.
[ I ] He’s always found a way to connect with his audience.

connect verb (TELEPHONE)

[ T ] to make it possible for someone to communicate by telephone:

Operator, please connect me with room 1125.

connect verb (TRANSPORT)

[ I ] (of aircraft, trains, etc.) to arrive before a second vehicle leaves on which passengers can continue their trip:

The flight to Chicago connects with a flight to New York.
connecting
adjective [ not gradable ] us /kəˈnek·tɪŋ/

They turned down a connecting road.

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

“connect” in Business English

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connectverb

uk /kəˈnekt/ us

[ I or T ] to join two or more pieces of equipment together, or to be joined in this way:

Wireless networks allow you to connect two or more PCs within your own home.
connect to sth The cable connects to a USB slot.
connect sth to/with sth Once the drives are installed, connect power and data cables to each one.
be connected (to sth) The red light shows that the electricity supply is connected.

[ T ] to join two places:

a high-speed rail corridor connecting the major European cities
connect sth to/with sth The Midtown tunnel connects Long Island to Manhattan.

[ I or T ] to create a relationship between two or more people, groups, or things:

Internet searches are an important tool for connecting buyers and sellers.
Successful marketing is all about connecting with your customers, and building good relationships.
connect sb/sth to sb/sth Our aim is to connect our members to a global network of business and industry peers.

[ I or T ] COMMUNICATIONS, IT, INTERNET to use a computer, phone, etc. in order to use the internet or other computer system:

Anti-virus software is a must if your computer is connected to the internet.
connect sth to sth More and more employees are connecting smartphones to their employers' network.
connect sb/sth with sb/sth an intranet system connecting dealers worldwide with a central database
get/stay connected Many executives feel a pressure to stay connected outside normal working hours.

[ T ] to consider or see a relationship between one person or thing and another:

He had a problem connecting what he had learned on the course with the day-to-day running of the department.

[ T ] COMMUNICATIONS to allow someone who has made a phone call to speak to another person or to use a telephone service:

One moment please, I'll try to connect you.
connect sb to sb/sth BT has raised the price of connecting callers to its directory enquiry service.

[ I ] TRANSPORT if two public transport vehicles connect, they arrive at suitable times to allow passengers to get off one and onto another in order to continue their journey:

connect with sth Your flight arrives at ten o'clock and will connect with a bus service to the conference centre.
a connecting flight/train, etc.

TRANSPORT a flight, train, etc. that leaves at a suitable time for you to take it to continue your journey after you have travelled on a previous flight, train, etc.:

There are connecting services to Schiphol airport in Amsterdam from more than 10 UK regional airports.
connect the dots

to bring together information from different places in order to understand something as a whole or how different things affect each other:

We fail to connect the dots between the way we live today and the needs of tomorrow.
No one knew all the information and no one connected all the dots.

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

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