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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.
See also: connect, to

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.
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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
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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
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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
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Additionally, while leaders from large emerging markets have become major supporters of globalisation on the world stage, emerging economies' progress in terms of global connectedness has stalled.
Research Question 3: Does school connectedness moderate the positive association between identifying with a disability or as LGBQ, or both, and suicidal ideation?
The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of school connectedness on the holistic wellness of middle school students above and beyond what was already known from previous research examining sel-esteem and mattering.
A regression analysis was performed on both behavioral intention indices and the connectedness to nature scale (CNS).
Hooray for bailouts/ The last major section of Connectedness and Contagion addresses bailouts, which Scott euphemistically calls "Public Capital Injections into Insolvent Financial Institutions." He lays out what is probably the most full-throated defense of bailouts that has been published since the memoirs of Bernanke and Obama administration treasury secretary Timothy Geithner.
School connectedness has been shown to be a protective factor for adolescents; however, little research has analyzed the longer term effects of school connectedness on academic outcomes.
Graduate student experiences on- and off-campus: Social connectedness and perceived isolation.
According to self-psychology theory8 in early life a feeling of social connectedness develops and encompasses throughout the life span.
There appears to be a relationship between school connectedness and youth violence, but few studies have examined the complexities of this relationship.
Perhaps this is why it has always been a part of my Christian faith to look for some kind of connectedness with the wild critters I share my life with.
Combinations of keywords used for the searches were; children, attitudes, connectedness to nature, connection to nature, perceptions, preferences and natural environment.
"If today's leaders actually focused on building the connectedness they and their employees crave, they would see a many-fold increase in performance and bottom-line results." On the following pages, Prosser offers eight of the key ways that business owners can steer their company to success.
BEIRUT: Lebanon ranked sixth place in the MENA region in terms of connectedness in 2014, according to the DHL's Global Connectedness Index (GCI).
The GCI evaluated global connectedness by measuring cross-border flows of trade, capital, information and people from 140 countries which it found have recovered most of their losses incurred during the financial crisis.
A slightly more nuanced conclusion has been recently posited by DHL in its third edition of the Global Connectedness Index (GCI).