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join  audio  (join) KEY 

VERB:
joined, join·ing, joins
VERB:
tr.
  1. To put or bring together so as to make continuous or form a unit: join two boards with nails; joined hands in a circle.
  2. To put or bring into close association or relationship: two families that were joined by marriage; join forces.
  3. To connect (points), as with a straight line.
  4. To meet and merge with: where the creek joins the river.
  5. To become a part or member of: joined the photography club.
  6. To come into the company of: joined the group in the waiting room.
  7. To participate with in an act or activity: The committee joins me in welcoming you.
  8. To adjoin.
  9. To engage in; enter into: Opposing armies joined battle on the plain.
VERB:
intr.
  1. To come together so as to form a connection: where the two bones join.
  2. To act together; form an alliance: The two factions joined to oppose the measure.
  3. To become a member of a group.
  4. To take part; participate: joined in the search.
NOUN:
A joint; a junction.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English joinen, from Old French joindre, joign-, join-, from Latin iungere; see yeug- in Indo-European roots

SYNONYMS:
join, combine, unite, link1, connect, relate, associate

These verbs mean to fasten or affix or become fastened or affixed. Join applies to the physical contact or union of at least two separate things and to the coming together of persons, as into a group: The children joined hands. The two armies joined together to face a common enemy. "Join the union, girls, and together say Equal Pay for Equal Work" (Susan B. Anthony). Combine suggests the mixing or merging of components, often for a specific purpose: The cook combined various ingredients. "When bad men combine, the good must associate" (Edmund Burke). Unite stresses the coherence or oneness of the persons or things joined: The volunteers united to prevent their town from flooding. The strike united the oppressed workers. Link and connect imply a firm attachment in which individual components nevertheless retain their identities: The study linked the high crime rate to unemployment. The reporter connected the police chief to the scandal. Relate refers to connection of persons through marriage or kinship (Although we share a surname, she and I are not related) or of things through logical association (The two events were directly related). Associate usually implies a relationship of persons as partners or allies: My children are associated with me in the family business. It can also refer to a relationship of things that are similar or complementary or that have a connection in one's thoughts: I associate the beach with pleasant memories of summer.


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