combine

verb (1)
com·bine | \kəm-ˈbīn \
combined; combining

Definition of combine 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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 combining hydrofluoric acid with soda ash to form sodium fluoride

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

1a : to become one The two newspapers combined as the Chronicle.

b : to unite to form a chemical compound

2 : to act together Many factors combined to cause the recession. Wolves combine in their hunt for deer.

combine

noun
com·bine | \ˈkäm-ˌbīn \
plural combines

Definition of combine (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a combination especially of business or political interests … Grumman Corp. lost the advanced tactical aircraft contract to the combine of McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics.— George J. Church

b : an event at which scouts from the teams in a professional sports league gather to evaluate players in preparation for choosing which players to draft a scouting combine Every spring the National Football League conducts that most cherished of American rituals, the college draft. A couple of months before the event, prospective players show off their abilities in an athletic audition known as the combine.— Carl Zimmer

2 : a harvesting machine that heads, threshes, and cleans grain while moving over a field

combine

verb (2)
com·bine | \ˈkäm-ˌbīn \
combined; combining

Definition of combine (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to harvest with a combine

intransitive verb

: to combine a crop

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Other Words from combine

Verb (1)

combinable \kəm-ˈbī-nə-bəl \ adjective
combiner noun

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Verb (1)

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

Examples of combine in a Sentence

Noun

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

First Known Use of combine

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1926, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for combine

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Middle French combiner, from Late Latin combinare, from Latin com- + bini two by two — more at bin-

Noun

see combine entry 1

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Phrases Related to combine

join/combine forces

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combine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of combine

: 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

combine

verb
com·bine | \käm-ˈbīn \
combined; combining

Kids Definition of combine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

combine

noun
com·bine | \ˈkäm-ˌbīn \

Kids Definition of combine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a union of persons or groups that work together to achieve a common goal

2 : a machine that harvests and threshes grain

combine

verb
com·bine | \kəm-ˈbīn \
combined; combining

Medical Definition of combine 

transitive verb

: to cause to unite into a chemical compound

intransitive verb

: to unite to form a chemical compound

Other Words from combine

combination \ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən \ noun

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