connection Definition

  • 1a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else
  • 2a point where two or more things are joined

Using connection: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "connection" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The connection between smoking and lung cancer is well-established.

  • Example

    I have a personal connection to this issue.

  • Example

    The train has a direct connection to the airport.

  • Example

    I lost my internet connection.

connection Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using connection

  • have connections

    to have influential or powerful acquaintances who can help one achieve something


    She was able to get the job because she had connections in the industry.

  • to fail to catch a connecting flight, train, or bus


    I missed my connection in Chicago and had to spend the night in the airport.

  • to understand the relationship or association between two or more things


    I didn't see the connection between the two events until someone explained it to me.

Phrases with connection

  • to establish a relationship or association with someone or something


    I hope to make a connection with the hiring manager at the job fair.

  • related to or associated with something


    The police are investigating a robbery in connection with the recent string of burglaries in the area.

  • to be disconnected or lose contact with someone or something


    I'm sorry, I lost connection. Can you repeat what you just said?

Origins of connection

from Latin 'con-' meaning 'together' and 'nectere' meaning 'to bind'


Summary: connection in Brief

The term 'connection' [kəˈnɛkʃ(ə)n] refers to a relationship or association between people, things, or ideas, as well as a point where two or more things are joined. Examples include 'The connection between smoking and lung cancer is well-established,' and 'I lost my internet connection.' Phrases like 'make a connection' and idioms like 'have connections' denote establishing relationships and influential acquaintances, respectively.

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