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combine

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verb com·bine \ kəm-ˈbīn \

Definition of combine

combined; combining
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
  • 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
1 a :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.

combinable

play \kəm-ˈbī-nə-bəl\ adjective

combiner

noun

Origin and Etymology of combine

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

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

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combine

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noun com·bine \ ˈkäm-ˌbīn \

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 in a Sentence

  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

Origin and Etymology of combine


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combine

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verb com·bine \ ˈkäm-ˌbīn \

Definition of combine

combined; combining
transitive verb
:to harvest with a combine
intransitive verb
:to combine a crop

First Known Use of combine

1926

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms



COMBINE Defined for English Language Learners

combine

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noun

Definition of combine for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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combine

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verb com·bine \ käm-ˈbīn \

Definition of combine for Students

combined; combining
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.

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combine

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noun com·bine \ ˈkäm-ˌbīn \

Definition of combine for Students

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

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verb com·bine \ kəm-ˈbīn \

medical Definition of combine

combined; combining
transitive verb
:to cause to unite into a chemical compound
intransitive verb
:to unite to form a chemical compound

combination

play \ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən\ noun


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