WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
join /dʒɔɪn/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. 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.
  2. to come into contact or union with: [+ object]The brook joins the river.[no object]The two rivers joined before they reached the sea.
  3. 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.
  4. to become a member of:[+ object]to join a club.
  5. to enlist (in), as a branch of the armed forces: [+ object]to join the Navy.[+ up]joined up and went to sea.
  6. 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?
  7. to bring into close relationship:[+ object]joined them in matrimony.
  8. 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?
See -junc-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
join  ( join),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to bring in contact, connect, or bring or put together:to join hands; to join pages with a staple.
  2. to come into contact or union with:The brook joins the river.
  3. to bring together in a particular relation or for a specific purpose, action, etc.;
    unite:to join forces against the smugglers.
  4. to become a member of (an organization, party, etc.):to join a club.
  5. to enlist in (one of the armed forces):to join the Navy.
  6. to come into the company of;
    meet or accompany:I'll join you later.
  7. to participate with (someone) in some act or activity:My wife joins me in thanking you for the gift.
  8. to unite in marriage.
  9. to meet or engage in (battle, conflict, etc.):The opposing armies joined battle.
  10. to adjoin;
    meet:His land joins mine.
  11. Mathematicsto draw a curve or straight line between:to join two points on a graph.

  1. to come into or be in contact or connection:a place where cliffs and sea join.
  2. to become united, associated, or combined;
    associate or ally oneself;
    participate (usually fol. by with):Please join with us in our campaign.
  3. to take part with others (often fol. by in):Let's all join in.
  4. to be contiguous or close;
    lie or come together;
    form a junction:Our farms join along the river.
  5. to enlist in one of the armed forces (often fol. by up):He joined up to fight for his country.
  6. to meet in battle or conflict.

  1. a joining.
  2. a place or line of joining;
  3. Mathematicsunion (def. 10a).
joina•ble, adj. 
  • 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;
      conjoin, combine;
      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
  1. to come or bring together; connect
  2. to become a member of (a club, organization, etc)
  3. (intransitive) often followed by with: to become associated or allied
  4. (intransitive) usually followed by in: to take part
  5. (transitive) to meet (someone) as a companion
  6. (transitive) to become part of; take a place in or with
  7. (transitive) to unite (two people) in marriage
  8. (transitive) to connect with a straight line or a curve
  9. join handsto hold one's own hands together
  10. (of two people) to hold each other's hands
  11. (usually followed by with) to work together in an enterprise or task
  1. a joint; seam
  2. the act of joining

See also join upEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French joindre from Latin jungere to yoke
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