re·​com·​bine | \ˌrē-kəm-ˈbīn \
recombined; recombining; recombines

Definition of recombine 

transitive verb

1 : to combine again or anew

2 : to cause to undergo recombination

intransitive verb

: to undergo recombination

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This light is split into two beams, with one beam traveling to the target and bouncing back, where it's recombined with the other beam. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why experts believe cheaper, better lidar is right around the corner," 1 Jan. 2018 As a result, the Y chromosome on which sry was located could no longer freely recombine and swap its pieces with its corresponding X chromosome, as the other chromosomal pairs do to freshen things up whenever a new egg or sperm cell is created. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Secrets of the Y Chromosome," 11 June 2018 The reverse can also be performed: all the qubits recombined into a single qubit. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Careful phasing of a photonic qubit brings light under control," 8 Feb. 2018 When that energy is needed, the H2 is run through a fuel cell and recombined with oxygen from the air to create electricity, with water as a byproduct. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Funky Boat Circling the Planet on Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Gas," 5 July 2018 To assemble and finish: Give the vinaigrette a whisk to recombine. Sarah Fritsche,, "Recipe: Tawla’s Fattoush," 3 July 2018 Viacom is in talks to merge with CBS Corp., potentially recombining companies that were split in 2006. Fortune, "A Quiet Place Topples Ready Player One in Box Office Debut," 8 Apr. 2018 The talks come after a bid to recombine the companies, which spit up more than 12 years ago, failed in 2016. Nabila Ahmed,, "Shari Redstone in Push for Viacom Boss in a CBS Deal," 4 Apr. 2018 In a medium bowl, stir the fennel and 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette (whisk it briskly to recombine if necessary). Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Vinaigrettes and dressings to dress up meals," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of recombine

1619, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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re·​com·​bine | \ˌrē-kəm-ˈbīn \
recombined; recombining

Medical Definition of recombine 

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo recombination

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