Quick answer
"Connect" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "conectar", and "unite" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "unirse". Learn more about the difference between "connect" and "unite" below.
connect(
kuh
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nehkt
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to link)
a. conectar
To stop the leak, you need to connect the drain properly.Para detener la fuga, hay que conectar el desagüe correctamente.
b. empalmar
I'll connect the wires at the fuse box.Voy a empalmar los cables en la caja de fusibles.
c. unir
I applied silicone to the joint to connect the pipes.Apliqué silicona a la junta para unir los tubos.
2. (to associate)
a. relacionar
There is reason to believe that the two companies are connected.Hay razón para creer que las dos empresas están relacionadas.
b. asociar
There is a slanderous campaign to connect our group with the mafia.Hay una campaña de difamación dirigida a asociar a nuestro grupo con la mafia.
c. vincular
Scientists have connected global warming with carbon emissions.Los científicos han vinculado el calentamiento global con las emisiones de carbono.
3. (telecommunications)
a. comunicar
Can you connect me with Mr. Rogers please?¿Me puede comunicar con el señor Rogers, por favor?
b. poner
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Please connect me with Miss Garcia.Por favor, póngame con la señorita García.
4. (computing)
a. conectar
I just moved in and the cable company hasn't come to connect me to the Internet yet.Acabo de mudarme y la empresa de cable todavía no ha venido a conectarme a Internet.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to attach)
a. conectarse
The pipes should connect here.Los tubos deberían conectarse aquí.
b. empalmarse
The cables connect under ground.Los cables se empalman bajo tierra.
6. (transport)
a. enlazarse
My flights connect in Chicago.Los vuelos se enlazan en Chicago.
b. hacer conexión
This flight connects with a flight from Paris.Este vuelo hace conexión con otro proveniente de París.
7. (to make contact)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Jake's fist connected with Rodney's nose and knocked him down.Jake le dio un puñetazo en la nariz a Rodney y lo tumbó.
The general is certain the bomb connected with the intended target.El general está seguro de que la bomba dio en el blanco buscado.
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unite(
yu
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nayt
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to unify)
a. unirse
The residents united and prevented the corporation from building a dangerous factory in their town.Los residentes se unieron e impidieron que la empresa construyese una fábrica peligrosa en su ciudad.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to unify)
a. unir
She united the two parts of wood and finished constructing the shelf.Ella unió las dos partes de la madera y terminó la construcción del estante.
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