connect (v.)

mid-15c., "to join, bind, or fasten together," from Latin conectere "join together," from assimilated form of com "together" (see con-) + nectere "to bind, tie" (from PIE root *ned- "to bind, tie").

Displaced 16c. by connex (1540s), from French connexer, from Latin *connexare, a supposed frequentative of conectere (past participle stem connex-). Connect was re-established from 1670s.

A similar change took place in French, where connexer was superseded by connecter. Meaning "to establish a relationship" (with) is from 1881. Slang meaning "get in touch with" is attested by 1926, from telephone connections. Meaning "awaken meaningful emotions, establish rapport" is from 1942. Of a hit or blow, "to reach the target," from c. 1920. Related: Connected; connecting; connectedness.

Others are reading

Definitions of connect from WordNet

connect (v.)
connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces;
Can you connect the two loudspeakers?
Synonyms: link / tie / link up
connect (v.)
make a logical or causal connection;
I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind
Synonyms: associate / tie in / relate / link / colligate / link up
connect (v.)
be or become joined or united or linked;
The two streets connect to become a highway
Synonyms: link / link up / join / unite
connect (v.)
join by means of communication equipment;
The telephone company finally put in lines to connect the towns in this area
connect (v.)
land on or hit solidly;
The brick connected on her head, knocking her out
connect (v.)
join for the purpose of communication;
Operator, could you connect me to the Raffles in Singapore?
connect (v.)
be scheduled so as to provide continuing service, as in transportation;
The local train does not connect with the Amtrak train
The planes don't connect and you will have to wait for four hours
connect (v.)
establish a rapport or relationship;
The President of this university really connects with the faculty
connect (v.)
establish communication with someone;
did you finally connect with your long-lost cousin?
Synonyms: get in touch / touch base
connect (v.)
plug into an outlet;
Synonyms: plug in / plug into
connect (v.)
hit or play a ball successfully;
The batter connected for a home run