connect to

connect (up) to (someone or something)

1. To physically join people or things together. A noun or pronoun can be used between "connect" and "to." The handcuffs kept the thief connected to the chair as he was questioned. If you don't connect this piece to that one, the base will be lopsided.
2. To be involved in or linked to something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "connect" and "to." Once he became connected to that scandal, his political career was over.
3. To successfully access a connection to something, such as electricity or the Internet. A noun or pronoun can be used between "connect" and "to." I'm having a hard time connecting to the Wi-Fi here.
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connect (up) to something

to attach to something; to attach or link something to some electrical device or electrical signal. When we finish the house, we will connect up to the utilities. We have to connect to the Internet ourselves.
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connect someone or something(up) to someone or something

 and connect someone or something (up) with someone or something 
1. Lit. to connect people or things in any combination, physically or by wires. The nurse connected Maggie up to the electrocardiograph. Eric connected the machine to the wall plug. The receptionist connected my call up to Susan.
2. Fig. to make a mental connection between people and things in any combination. I connected myself up to a person with similar interests. I often connect up Bob to sailing, because I first met him on a boat.
3. Fig. to argue that someone or something is linked to a criminal or a criminal act. I can connect Eric to the crime. The police connected the stolen goods to Susan.
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NET data providers to write and deploy applications more quickly, connect to multiple databases with ease, and use less code for greater efficiency.
The Sansa Connect un-tethers consumers from their PCs allowing them to connect to music and online photos through any open wireless "hot spot" Internet connection.
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According to Bill Anderson, director of research and engineering at Genesta, "The Digi embedded module gave us the flexibility to connect to multiple vendors' RFID readers and host systems simultaneously.
The traveling functionality remains enabled with the launch of phase two nationwide service, allowing Nextel users to connect to anywhere, from anywhere on Nextel's National Network.
Nelson Chan, SanDisk senior vice president and general manager of SanDisk's retail business unit, said, "Access points that allow mobile computer users to wirelessly connect to their email and the Internet are rapidly being deployed around the world -- from hotels, airports and universities to cafes, coffee shops and corporate campuses.
Under the agreement, Quintiles South Africa will implement Clintrial Connect to manage clinical study data for global pharmaceutical companies.
Connect One develops and manufactures chips, software, and hardware that enable industrial, commercial and consumer devices to connect to the Internet.
Resellers can also use Pinacor Connect to update their own Web storefronts with real-time product price and availability information.
The Call Routing Manager works with CT Connect to monitor multiple route points on one or more telephone systems.
Fast, reliable communications are critical to effective business management, and we have developed Interpath Connect to give our customers a highly reliable, cost-effective solution that addresses both voice and Internet requirements while requiring minimal internal technical or administrative resources," said Peter Borbely, Chief Operating Officer of Interpath Communications.
The combined technologies enable today's mobile professional to instantly connect to their office environment with reliable and certified-compatible Internet and network access from 3Com.