con·nect / kəˈnekt/ • v. [tr.] (often be connected) bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established: the electrodes were connected to a recording device. ∎ join together so as to provide access and communication: all the buildings are connected by underground passages | [intr.] the highway connects with major routes from all parts of the country. ∎ link to a power or water supply: your house is connected to the main cable TV network. ∎ put (someone) into contact by telephone. ∎ [intr.] (of a train, bus, aircraft, etc.) be timed to arrive at its destination before another train, aircraft, etc., departs so that passengers can transfer from one to the other: the bus connects with trains from Union Station. ∎ associate or relate in some respect: employees are rewarded with bonuses connected to their firm's performance. ∎ think of as being linked or related: I didn't connect the two incidents at the time. ∎ (of a thing) provide or have a link or relationship with (someone or something): there was no evidence to connect Jeff with the theft. ∎ [intr.] form a relationship or feel an affinity: I connected with kids individually. ∎ [intr.] inf. (of a blow) hit the intended target.DERIVATIVES: con·nect·a·ble adj.con·nect·ed·ly adv.con·nect·ed·ness n.
Hence connective XVII. So connection, connexion XIV. — L. connexiō, -ōn-, f. connectere, connex-.