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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) 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

connect up

To attach or link something to something else. Let me just connect up these two cords, and then everything should be running again.
See also: connect, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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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 (up) with someone or something

 
1. to form an association with someone or a group. (The up is informal.) Let's connect up with some other people and form an organization through which we can express our views. We need to connect with like-minded people that can help us with our problems.
2. to meet with someone or a group; to communicate with someone or a group, especially over the telephone. I tried to connect up with Bob over the phone, but I could never reach him. We could not connect with the council to discuss these matters.
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connect (with someone)

Fig. to meet someone; to talk to someone on the telephone. Let's try to connect on this matter tomorrow. We finally connected and discussed the matter fully over dinner.

connect (with the ball)

[for a batter] to hit a baseball. Wally connected for a double. He swung, but didn't connect with the ball.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

connect (with someone)

in. to meet someone; to talk to someone on the telephone. We connected over a drink and discussed the matter fully.
See also: connect, someone

connect

verb

connect (with something)

in. [for a batter] to hit a ball. He swung but didn’t connect with the ball.
See also: connect, something

connect

verb
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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Chung said the launch of Asi@Connect in Pakistan will help Pakistan's education community and researchers find new avenues and means to connect with researchers from across Asia and Europe.
(NYSE: T) has expanded its connected car products and services in line with strong customer demand by tech savvy car owners looking for the latest in connected car technology, the company said.
AT&T has created the AT&T Drive Studio located near its Atlanta Foundry Innovation Center to showcase and demonstrate the future of these connected automobiles.
In addition, they generally spent their entire lives physically connected to a single LAN.
If you want to get this over with as fast as possible, break the oil return line and connect one hose to the TCU and another hose to the mold.
* Connect the hook to the eyelet with a piece of 550 cord or something similar.
Telnet appliances can be added to extend that capability to connected serial devices.
Of course, Derris can also surf the Web or connect to the office at the same time, thanks to the home network.
"Realize," she says, "that the US holds approximately 70 percent of the total IPv4 address space (with a population of about 300 million people) and, for instance, China has 20 million IPv4 addresses and needs 320 million just to connect their educational networks." Providers in the US such as Genuity, she points out, sometimes have more IPv4 address space than almost all of Asia.
At a library, a friend's house, school, or cafe, connect to the Internet by "launching a Web browser." A Web browser is a program that you surf the Web with.
Site A connects to Site B through a service provider network, or the public Internet, using IPSec with 3DES encryption.
For solutions requiring scalability beyond 2.5G, the TUPP 2488 connects seamlessly to PMC-Sierra's NSE-20G or NSE-8G cross-connects for 20 Gigabit and 7.5 Gigabit capacities respectively.
The APA-358 SCSI is a MiniSCSI which connects through the parallel port and retails for $139.