JOIN, v.t. [L. jungo, jungere; jungo for jugo, jugum; Eng. yoke;
Gr. a yoke, and a pair, to join.]1. To set or bring one thing in contiguity with another. Woe to them that join house to house, that lay field to field. Is.5.2. To couple; to connect; to combine; as, to join ideas.3. To unite in league or marriage. Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab. 2 Ch.18. What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Matt.19.4. To associate. Go near and join thyself to this chariot. Acts.8.5. To unite in any act. Thy tuneful voice with numbers join.6. To unite in concord. But that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment. 1 Cor.1.
The phrase, to join battle, is probably elliptical, for join in battle; or it is borrowed from the Latin, committere proelium, to send together the battle.
In general, join signifies to unite two entire things without breach or intermixture, by contact or contiguity, either temporary or permanent. It differs from connect, which signifies properly, to unite by an intermediate substance. But join, unite, and connect are often used synonymously.
JOIN, v.i. To grow to; to adhere. The place where two bones of the body join, is called a joint or articulation.1. To be contiguous, close or in contact; as when two houses join.2. To unite with in marriage, league, confederacy, partnership or society. Russia and Austria joined in opposition to Buonaparte's ambitious views. Men join in great undertakings, and in companies for trade or manufacture. They join in entertainments and amusements. They join in benevolent associations. It is often followed by with. Any other may join with him that is injured, and assist him in recovering satisfaction. Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? Ezra 9.