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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.

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connect XVII. — L. connectere (cōnectere), f. CON- + nectere bind, fasten.
Hence connective XVII. So connection, connexion XIV. — L. connexiō, -ōn-, f. connectere, connex-.