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1combine

verb com·bine \kəm-ˈbīn\
com·binedcom·bin·ing

Definition of COMBINE

transitive verb
1
a :  to bring into such close relationship as to obscure individual characters :  merge <two companies combining forces>
b :  to cause to unite into a chemical compound
c :  to unite into a single number or expression <combine fractions and simplify>
2
:  intermix, blend <combine the sugar and flour>
3
:  to possess in combination <a writer whose works combine imagination and scholarship>
intransitive verb
1
a :  to become one
b :  to unite to form a chemical compound
2
:  to act together <many factors combined to cause the recession>
com·bin·able \-ˈbī-nə-bəl\ adjective
com·bin·er noun

Origin of COMBINE

Middle English, from Middle French combiner, from Late Latin combinare, from Latin com- + bini two by two — more at bin-
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of COMBINE

join, combine, unite, connect, link, associate, relate mean to bring or come together into some manner of union. join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness <joined forces in an effort to win>. combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit <combined jazz and rock to create a new music>. unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity <the colonies united to form a republic>. connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity <a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations>. link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity <a name forever linked with liberty>. associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation <opera is popularly associated with high society>. relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection <related what he observed to what he already knew>.

2combine

noun com·bine \ˈkäm-ˌbīn\

: a group of people or organizations that work together

: a machine that cuts crops (such as corn or wheat) and separates the seeds of the plant from the rest of the plant

Full Definition of COMBINE

1
:  a combination especially of business or political interests
2
:  a harvesting machine that heads, threshes, and cleans grain while moving over a field

Examples of COMBINE

  1. The teams belong to a combine that scouts new players.
  2. <charged that the cable companies had formed an illegal combine for the purpose of keeping rates artificially high>

First Known Use of COMBINE

1886

3combine

verb com·bine \ˈkäm-ˌbīn\
com·binedcom·bin·ing

Definition of COMBINE

transitive verb
:  to harvest with a combine
intransitive verb
:  to combine a crop

First Known Use of COMBINE

1926

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall
COMBINABLE Defined for Kids

1combine

verb com·bine \käm-ˈbīn\
com·binedcom·bin·ing

Definition of COMBINE for Kids

1
:  to mix together so as to make or to seem one thing <Combine the ingredients in a large bowl.>
2
:  to be or cause to be together for a purpose <The two groups combined to work for reform.>

2combine

noun com·bine \ˈkäm-ˌbīn\

Definition of COMBINE for Kids

1
:  a union of persons or groups that work together to achieve a common goal
2
:  a machine that harvests and threshes grain
Medical Dictionary

combine

verb com·bine \kəm-ˈbīn\
com·binedcom·bin·ing

Medical Definition of COMBINE

transitive verb
:  to cause to unite into a chemical compound
intransitive verb
:  to unite to form a chemical compound
com·bi·na·tion \ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

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