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connect the dots

1. Literally, to draw a line between dots, often as part of a children's activity to create an illustration or design. The kids are having fun connecting the dots and making pretty pictures for us.
2. To understand something by piecing together hints or other bits of information. Once I started to connect the dots, I realized that, if they hadn't called me by now, I probably wasn't getting the job.
See also: connect, dot

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.
See also: connect

connect (up) with (someone or something)

1. To have a positive or meaningful connection with someone, often quickly. I just don't connect with those people—I doubt we have anything in common. I connected with Ashley immediately, and we've been best friends ever since.
2. To communicate with someone. I've been having a hard time connecting with Stephanie, since she's been out of the office every time I've tried to call her.
3. To form a relationship or a group. I'm sure you'll be able to connect with other photography enthusiasts in your new town.
See also: connect

connect the ˈdots

(British English also join (up) the ˈdots) find or show the relationships between different things: It’s not hard to connect the dots between crime and poverty. ▶ connect-the-ˈdots adj.: a connect-the-dots article
See also: connect, dot

connect the dots

1. To draw connecting lines between a seemingly random arrangement of numbered dots so as to produce a picture or design.
2. To draw logical inferences connecting items of information to reveal something previously hidden or unknown.
See also: connect, dot
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(6) Connectedly, would the content of her experience be the same, or at least importantly similar, if she were hallucinating a tomato?
These ideas--a kind of anti-Semitism sans the Jews--are so absurd that they are almost auto-refuting, at least for anyone with a few facts at his disposal and a minimal ability to think connectedly. Yet they have had an historical importance and influence vastly disproportionate to their intellectual merit, and have even constituted an unassailable orthodoxy among Latin American intellectuals, some of them of great distinction.
"Connectedly, it is not inconsistent to hold money for speculative reasons: money allows its owner to control the future" (Barbalet, 1998: 93).
[H]as it increased your power of thinking connectedly? Especially on the Scheme and purpose of the Redemption by Christ?
Charity describes civic capital as "anything that improves the productivity of a community - that is, its ability to meet crisis, solve problems, live connectedly." A newspaper should become a locus of civic capital rather than simply a conduit of information.
Also (and connectedly) it is his underlying supposition, unlike my own, that denotation is always of the essence.
Deweyans should recognize that since World War II philosophical advances have usually been accomplished by legions of philosophers working more or less connectedly on a problem.
In Adagio, and in general in all melodic passages, particularly deeply expressive ones, where all notes must be slowly sustained, the bow should be used from one end to the other and all notes performed as connectedly as possible.