|Origin:||joindre, from Latin jungere|
join1 S1 W1
to become a member of an organization, society, or group:
When did you join the Labour party?
I decided to join the army.
You can enjoy a sport without joining a club or belonging to a team.
to begin to take part in an activity that other people are involved in:
Many sacrificed their weekend to join the hunt for the missing girl.
the benefits of joining our pension scheme
Church leaders have joined the campaign to end fox-hunting.
to go somewhere in order to be with someone or do something with them: ! Do not say 'join with' someone. Join is followed by a direct object: Will you join me?
go to somebody[transitive]
She joined her aunt in the sitting room.
The immigrants were soon joined by their wives and children.
to do something together with someone else, or as a group
do something together[intransitive and transitive]
join somebody for something
I invited them to join us for a glass of wine.
join (with) somebody in doing something
I'm sure you'll all join me in thanking today's speaker.
join (with) somebody to do something
Parents have joined with health experts to produce a video for bereaved families.
Three police forces have joined together to buy a helicopter.
to connect or fasten things together:
Join the two pieces of wood with strong glue.
join something to something
The island is joined to the mainland by a causeway.
b) [intransitive and transitive]
if two roads, rivers etc join, they come together and become connected at a particular point:
Finally we arrived at Dartmouth, where the River Dart joins the sea.
the point where the two roads join
to go and stand at the end of a line of people:
He went in and joined the queue for the toilets.
if people join hands, they hold each other's hands:
They joined hands and danced round and round.
used to say that you and a lot of other people are in the same situation:
'I'm having difficulty knowing what today's debate is about.' 'Join the club, Geoffrey.'
to begin fighting
to be married
if two people are joined at the hip, they are always together and are very friendly - often used to show disapproval
be joined at the hipinformal
join in (something)phrasal verb
In the evening there was a barbecue, with the whole village joining in the fun.
He stared at them without joining in the conversation.
He laughed loudly, and Mattie joined in.
join upphrasal verb
to become a member of the army, navy, or air force
2 British English
to connect things, or to become connected
join something ↔ up
The dots are joined up by a line.
join up with somebody/somethingphrasal verb
Three months ago, they joined up with another big company that sells arms.