recombine

verb

re·​com·​bine ˌrē-kəm-ˈbīn How to pronounce recombine (audio)
recombined; recombining; recombines

transitive verb

1
: to combine again or anew
2
: to cause to undergo recombination

intransitive verb

: to undergo recombination

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Jeff concludes that innovators need hundreds of existing reference frames in their brain already to help the brain’s cells recombine models during their voting process. Ted Ladd, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 Financiers endlessly pull rail companies apart, recombine the pieces at random, and sell off rights of way whenever possible. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 16 Sep. 2022 Shari Redstone decided in 2019 to recombine the former CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc., two media companies her father, Sumner Redstone, pulled apart in 2006. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 14 Oct. 2022 Rather than moving beyond the pathologies of Russian political tradition, the new states of post–post-Sovietude recycle and recombine them into a hellish mash-up of Russian Orthodoxy, Soviet communism, feudalism, and free-market fundamentalism. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, 2 Sep. 2022 Normally, chromosomes break apart and recombine naturally. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 31 Aug. 2022 Orchestral instruments combine and recombine in unpredicted ways. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2022 The extreme energies lost by the magnetic field produce a flood of electrons and positrons, which then recombine to form a storm of gamma rays. Paul Sutter, Ars Technica, 17 June 2022 Stir the sauce to recombine, then spoon it over the halibut. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1619, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of recombine was in 1619

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Cite this Entry

“Recombine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recombine. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

recombine

verb

re·​com·​bine ˌrē-kəm-ˈbīn How to pronounce recombine (audio)
1
: to combine again or anew
2
: to undergo or cause to undergo recombination

Medical Definition

recombine

verb

re·​com·​bine ˌrē-kəm-ˈbīn How to pronounce recombine (audio)
recombined; recombining

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo recombination

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