join1 W1S1 [dʒɔın] v
3¦(go to somebody)¦
4¦(do something together)¦
6 join a queue
7 join hands
8 join the club
9 join battle
10 be joined in marriage/holy matrimony
Phrasal verbs
 join in (something)
 join up
 join up with somebody/something
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: joindre, from Latin jungere]
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.
2.) ¦(ACTIVITY)¦ [T]
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.
3.) ¦(GO TO SOMEBODY)¦ [T]
to go somewhere in order to be with someone or do something with them
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
join sb for sth
I invited them to join us for a glass of wine.
join (with) sb in doing sth
I'm sure you'll all join me in thanking today's speaker.
join (with) sb to do sth
Parents have joined with health experts to produce a video for bereaved families.
join together
Three police forces have joined together to buy a helicopter.
5.) ¦(CONNECT)¦
a) [T]
to connect or fasten things together
Join the two pieces of wood with strong glue.
join sth to sth
The island is joined to the mainland by a causeway.
b) [I and T]
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
6.) join a queue
to go and stand at the end of a line of people
He went in and joined the queue for the toilets.
7.) join hands
if people join hands, they hold each other's hands
They joined hands and danced round and round.
8.) join the club
spoken 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.'
9.) join battle
formal to begin fighting
10.) be joined in marriage/holy matrimony
formal to be married
join/combine forces atforce1 (10), if you can't beat 'em, join 'em atbeat1 (23)
join in () [join in (sth)] phr v
to take part in something that a group of people are doing or that someone else does
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 up phr v
1.) to become a member of the army, navy, or air force
2.) BrE to connect things, or to become connected
join sth<=>up
The dots are joined up by a line.
join up with / [join up with sb/sth] phr v
to combine with or meet other people in order to do something
Three months ago, they joined up with another big company that sells arms.
HINT sense 3
Do not say 'join with' someone. Join is followed by a direct object: Will you join me?
join 2
join2 n
a place where two parts of an object are connected or fastened together
It's been glued back together so well you can hardly see the join.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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