Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French joindre, from Latin jungere — more at yoke
Date: 13th century
a. to put or bring together so as to form a unit <join two blocks of wood with glue> b. to connect (as points) by a line c. adjoin 2. to put or bring into close association or relationship <joined in marriage> 3. to engage in (battle) 4. a. to come into the company of <joined us for lunch> b. to associate oneself with <joined the church> intransitive verb 1. a. to come together so as to be connected <nouns join to form compounds> b. adjoin <the two estates join> 2. to come into close association or relationship: as a. to form an alliance b. to become a member of a group c. to take part in a collective activity <join in singing> • joinable adjective Synonyms: join, combine, unite, connect, link, associate, relate mean to bring or come together into some manner of union. join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness <joined forces in an effort to win>. combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit <combined jazz and rock to create a new music>. unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity <the colonies united to form a republic>. connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity <a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations>. link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity <a name forever linked with liberty>. associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation <opera is popularly associated with high society>. relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection <related what he observed to what he already knew>. II. noun Date: 1884 1. joint 2. union 2d
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.