- connect (v.) mid-15c., from L. conectere "join together" (see CONNECTION (Cf. connection)). Displaced 16c. by connex (1540s), from M.Fr. connexer, from L. *connexare, a supposed frequentative of conectere (pp. stem connex-). Connect was re-established 1670s. A similar change took place in French, where connexer was superseded by connecter. Meaning "to establish a relationship" (with) is from 1881. Slang meaning "get in touch with" is attested by 1926, from telephone connections. Meaning "awaken meaningful emotions, establish rapport" is from 1942. Of a hit or blow, "to reach the target," from c.1920. Related: Connected; connecting; connectedness.
Etymology dictionary. 2014.