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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
join /dʒɔɪn/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to (cause to) come into or be in contact or connection with;
connect: [~ + object]They all joined hands.[no object]Their hands joined and they formed a circle.[~ + up + object]joined up the hose with the faucet.[~ + object + up]joined the parts up into a whole.
- to come into contact or union with: [~ + object]The brook joins the river.[no object]The two rivers joined before they reached the sea.
- to (cause to) come together in a particular relation or for a specific purpose;
unite: [~ + object]Join us and help fight poverty.[~ + with + object]Join with us in our campaign.
- to become a member of:[~ + object]to join a club.
- to enlist (in), as a branch of the armed forces: [~ + object]to join the Navy.[~ + up]joined up and went to sea.
- to come into the company of;
meet or accompany (someone), so as to participate with or in some activity:[~ + object]Can you join us for a drink?
- to bring into close relationship:[~ + object]joined them in matrimony.
- join in, to take part in;
become involved in: [no object]was too shy to join in.[~ + in + object]Wouldn't you like to join in the fun?
( join),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to bring in contact, connect, or bring or put together:to join hands; to join pages with a staple.
- to come into contact or union with:The brook joins the river.
- to bring together in a particular relation or for a specific purpose, action, etc.;
unite:to join forces against the smugglers.
- to become a member of (an organization, party, etc.):to join a club.
- to enlist in (one of the armed forces):to join the Navy.
- to come into the company of;
meet or accompany:I'll join you later.
- to participate with (someone) in some act or activity:My wife joins me in thanking you for the gift.
- to unite in marriage.
- to meet or engage in (battle, conflict, etc.):The opposing armies joined battle.
- to adjoin;
meet:His land joins mine.
- Mathematicsto draw a curve or straight line between:to join two points on a graph.
- to come into or be in contact or connection:a place where cliffs and sea join.
- to become united, associated, or combined;
associate or ally oneself;
participate (usually fol. by with):Please join with us in our campaign.
- to take part with others (often fol. by in):Let's all join in.
- to be contiguous or close;
lie or come together;
form a junction:Our farms join along the river.
- to enlist in one of the armed forces (often fol. by up):He joined up to fight for his country.
- to meet in battle or conflict.
- a joining.
- a place or line of joining;
- Mathematicsunion (def. 10a).
- Latin jungere to yoke, join
- Old French joign- (stem of joindre to join)
- Middle English joinen 1250–1300
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged link, couple, fasten, attach;
associate, consolidate, amalgamate. Join, connect, unite all imply bringing two or more things together more or less closely. Join may refer to a connection or association of any degree of closeness, but often implies direct contact:One joins the corners of a mortise together.Connect implies a joining as by a tie, link, or wire:One connects two batteries.Unite implies a close joining of two or more things, so as to form one:One unites layers of veneer sheets to form plywood.
- 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged abut, border.
- 1, 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged separate, divide.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
join /dʒɔɪn/ vb
- to come or bring together; connect
- to become a member of (a club, organization, etc)
- (intransitive) often followed by with: to become associated or allied
- (intransitive) usually followed by in: to take part
- (transitive) to meet (someone) as a companion
- (transitive) to become part of; take a place in or with
- (transitive) to unite (two people) in marriage
- (transitive) to connect with a straight line or a curve
- join hands ⇒ to hold one's own hands together
- (of two people) to hold each other's hands
- (usually followed by with) to work together in an enterprise or task
See also join upEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French joindre from Latin jungere to yoke
- a joint; seam
- the act of joining
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