1 verb
link1 W2

be linked

if two things are linked, they are related in some way:
Police think the murders are linked.
be linked to/with something
Some birth defects are linked to smoking during pregnancy.
be closely/directly/strongly etc linked
Our economy is inextricably linked with America's.

make connection

[transitive] to make a connection between two or more things or people:
A love of nature links the two poets.
link something/somebody to/with something
Exactly how do we link words to objects?
link somebody/something together
Strong family ties still linked them together.


[transitive] to physically join two or more things, people, or places [= connect]
link something/somebody to/with something
The pipe must be linked to the cold water supply.
link somebody/something together
The climbers were linked together by ropes.
link something and something
A long bridge links Venice and the mainland.
He walked with her, linking arms (=putting his arm around her arm).

show connection

[transitive] to show or say that there is a connection between two people, situations, or things
link something/somebody to/with something
He denied reports linking him to Colombian drug dealers.

make something depend on something

[transitive] to make one thing or situation depend on another thing or situation
link something to something
Pay increases will now be linked to performance.
6TD also link up [transitive] to connect computers, broadcast systems etc, so that electronic messages can be sent between them
link something to/with something
Local terminals are linked to the central computer.

link in

phrasal verb
1 to connect with another idea, statement, type of work etc, especially in a way that is useful [= tie in]
link in with
This point links in with our earlier discussion.
2 to happen at the same time as something else [= tie in]
link in with
Hawk's visit was scheduled to link in with the meeting in Harare.

link up

phrasal verb
1 to connect with something or to make a connection between things, especially so that they can work together
link up with
The train links up with the ferry at Dover.
link something ↔ up (with something)
The next stage is to link the film up with the soundtrack.
2TD to connect computers, broadcast systems etc so that electronic messages can be sent between them
link something ↔ up (to/with something)
All these PCs are linked up to the network.
The Internet allows people from all over the world to link up for chat sessions.
3 to join with someone so that you can do something together
link up with
We linked up with the Daily Express to help run the campaign.

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