1. create a relationship, begin or form a common bond
establish a connection with a client/supplier, establish a bond between client and supplier
To 'connect' or 'bond' in a literal sense is to form securely, or fix two things firmly together with glue or cement. The expressions to 'establish a bond' or 'establish a connection' transfers that meaning to figuratively express something that helps establish trust and brings people closer together, whether through shared interests, beliefs, or experiences. It is often used in a professional context to refer to friendship, winning trust, or creating a good working relationship. A phrase with a similar meaning is 'bring together' or 'build a relationship'.