verb (used with object)
- to bring in contact, connect, or bring or put together: to join hands; to join pages with a staple.
- to come into contact or union with: The brook joins the river.
- to bring together in a particular relation or for a specific purpose, action, etc.; unite: to join forces against the smugglers.
- to become a member of (an organization, party, etc.): to join a club.
- to enlist in (one of the armed forces): to join the Navy.
- to come into the company of; meet or accompany: I’ll join you later.
- to participate with (someone) in some act or activity: My wife joins me in thanking you for the gift.
- to unite in marriage.
- to meet or engage in (battle, conflict, etc.): The opposing armies joined battle.
- to adjoin; meet: His land joins mine.
- to draw a curve or straight line between: to join two points on a graph.
verb (used without object)
- to come into or be in contact or connection: a place where cliffs and sea join.
- to become united, associated, or combined; associate or ally oneself; participate (usually followed by with): Please join with us in our campaign.
- to take part with others (often followed by in): Let’s all join in.
- to be contiguous or close; lie or come together; form a junction: Our farms join along the river.
- to enlist in one of the armed forces (often followed by up): He joined up to fight for his country.
- to meet in battle or conflict.
- a joining.
- a place or line of joining; seam.
- Mathematics. union(def 10a).
- to come or bring together; connect
- to become a member of (a club, organization, etc)
- (intr often foll by with) to become associated or allied
- (intr usually foll by in) to take part
- (tr) to meet (someone) as a companion
- (tr) to become part of; take a place in or with
- (tr) to unite (two people) in marriage
- (tr) geometry to connect with a straight line or a curve
- (tr) an informal word for adjoin
- join battle to start fighting
- join duty Indian to report for work after a period of leave or a strike
- join hands
- to hold one’s own hands together
- (of two people) to hold each other’s hands
- (usually foll by with)to work together in an enterprise or task
- a joint; seam
- the act of joining
- maths another name for union (def. 9)
v.c.1300, from stem of Old French joindre “join, connect, unite; have sexual intercourse with” (12c.), from Latin iungere “to join together, unite, yoke,” from PIE *yeug- “to join, unite” (see jugular). Related: Joined; joining. In Middle English, join sometimes is short for enjoin. Join up “enlist in the army” is from 1916. Phrase if you can’t beat them, join them is from 1953.