Connect vs. Interconnect - What's the difference?


  • Connect (verb)

    To join (to another object): to attach, or to be intended to attach or capable of attaching, to another object.

    "I think this piece connects to that piece over there."

  • Connect (verb)

    To join: to attach, or to be intended to attach or capable of attaching, to each other.

    "Both roads have the same name, but they don't connect: they're on opposite sides of the river, and there's no bridge there."

  • Connect (verb)

    To join (two other objects), or to join (one object) to (another object): to be a link between two objects, thereby attaching them to each other.

    "The new railroad will connect the northern part of the state to the southern part."

  • Connect (verb)

    To join (two other objects), or to join (one object) to (another object): to take one object and attach it to another.

    "I connected the printer to the computer, but I couldn't get it work."

  • Connect (verb)

    To join an electrical or telephone line to a circuit or network.

    "When the technician connects my house, I'll be able to access the internet."

  • Connect (verb)

    To associate; to establish a relation between.

    "I didn't connect my lost jewelry with the news of an area cat burglar until the police contacted me."

  • Connect (verb)

    To make a travel connection; to switch from one means of transport to another as part of the same trip.

    "I'm flying to London where I connect with a flight heading to Hungary."

  • Interconnect (verb)

    To connect to one another.

    "The Internet interconnects a set of networks."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Connect (verb)

    bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established

    "the electrodes were connected to a recording device"

  • Connect (verb)

    join together so as to provide access and communication

    "all the buildings are connected by underground passages"

    "the motorway connects with major routes from all parts of the country"

  • Connect (verb)

    link to a power or water supply

    "by 1892 most of the village had been connected to the mains"

  • Connect (verb)

    put (someone) into contact by telephone

    "I was quickly connected to the police"

  • Connect (verb)

    (of a train, bus, aircraft, etc.) be timed to arrive at its destination just before another train, bus, etc., departs so that passengers can transfer

    "the bus connects with trains from Windermere station"

  • Connect (verb)

    associate or relate (something) in some respect

    "jobs connected with the environment"

    "employees are rewarded with bonuses connected to their firm's performance"

  • Connect (verb)

    provide or have a link or relationship with

    "there was no evidence to connect Jefferson with the theft"

    "the desire for religious faith connects up with profound needs at the core of our existence"

  • Connect (verb)

    form a relationship or feel an affinity

    "he can't connect with anyone any more"

  • Connect (verb)

    (of a blow) hit the intended target

    "the blow connected and he felt a burst of pain"

  • Interconnect (verb)

    connect with each other

    "the lakes are interconnected by trails filled with joggers"

    "the way human activities interconnect with the environment"

  • Interconnect (noun)

    a device used to connect two things together.

Webster Dictionary

  • Connect

    To join, or fasten together, as by something intervening; to associate; to combine; to unite or link together; to establish a bond or relation between.

  • Connect

    To associate (a person or thing, or one's self) with another person, thing, business, or affair.

  • Connect

    To establish a communication link; - used with with; as, his telephone didn't answer, so I connected with him by email.

  • Connect

    To electronically or mechanically link (a device) to another device, or to link a device to a common communication line; - used with with; as, the installer connected our telephones on Monday; I connected my VCR to the TV set by myself; the plumber connected a shut-off valve to my gas line.

  • Connect (verb)

    To join, unite, or cohere; to have a close relation; as, one line of railroad connects with another; one argument connects with another.

  • Interconnect

    To join together; to connect with one another.

  • Interconnect (verb)

    To become connected with one another.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Connect (verb)

    connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces;

    "Can you connect the two loudspeakers?"

    "Tie the ropes together"

    "Link arms"

  • Connect (verb)

    make a logical or causal connection;

    "I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind"

    "colligate these facts"

    "I cannot relate these events at all"

  • Connect (verb)

    be or become joined or united or linked;

    "The two streets connect to become a highway"

    "Our paths joined"

    "The travelers linked up again at the airport"

  • Connect (verb)

    join by means of communication equipment;

    "The telephone company finally put in lines to connect the towns in this area"

  • Connect (verb)

    land on or hit solidly;

    "The brick connected on her head, knocking her out"

  • Connect (verb)

    join for the purpose of communication;

    "Operator, could you connect me to the Raffles in Singapore?"

  • Connect (verb)

    be scheduled so as to provide continuing service, as in transportation;

    "The local train does not connect with the Amtrak train"

    "The planes don't connect and you will have to wait for four hours"

  • Connect (verb)

    establish a rapport or relationship;

    "The President of this university really connects with the faculty"

  • Connect (verb)

    establish communication with someone;

    "did you finally connect with your long-lost cousin?"

  • Connect (verb)

    plug into an outlet;

    "Please plug in the toaster!"

    "Connect the TV so we can watch the football game tonight"

  • Connect (verb)

    hit or play a ball successfully;

    "The batter connected for a home run"

  • Interconnect (verb)

    be interwoven or interconnected;

    "The bones are interconnected via the muscle"

  • Interconnect (verb)

    cause to be interconnected or interwoven

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