connect (up) to (someone or something)

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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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Singapore Airlines and US Airways announced a codeshare deal under which Singapore Air passengers to Los Angeles or San Francisco can connect to US flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix and New York JFK via Charlotte.
We are happy to be one of the first liquidity providers on board as it underlines our commitment to providing our customers with a broader choice of how and where they connect to us for electronic trading and distribution.
We have already proven we are an important addition to the marketplace and are looking forward to significant growth over the coming months as more firms connect to us," said Will Easley, managing director of BOX.
About 90% of our clients connect to us over the Internet, so access is absolutely mission critical," said GNI's Chief Technology Officer, Derek Haworth.
The ACC's favorable interconnection order completes TCG's evolution into a full service local telecommunications company, McHale said, by crafting the details for TCG to connect to US West's network in a non-discriminatory manner.