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

Examples of recombine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Electrons found in the atmosphere recombine HCO+ ions to split them in two. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 7 May 2024 Mixed together, the two DNAs recombined and created a loop of rDNA, which contained the genes from the two different organisms. Don R. Hecker, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2023 Combinations of sweeps of visual features through time are associated with text descriptions, and, by entering text prompts, users can recombine these sweeps in new ways. Jaron Lanier, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2024 Another concern of his: the possibility of COVID recombining with another coronavirus in animals, then transitioning back over to humans—throwing another viral plot twist into the pandemic’s narrative. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 8 Jan. 2024 Adding emulsifiers like lecithin forms smaller droplets and helps prevent them from recombining, resulting in a chewier, longer-lasting confection. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 Sep. 2023 But nobody who was in my life would be able to track any of the characters because they are recombined from sentences about lots of different people turned into one character. Erik Pedersen, Orange County Register, 6 Feb. 2024 Flu fears Although the current data is comforting, virologists and epidemiologists still fear the potential for flu viruses, such as bird flu, to mutate and recombine into a human-infecting virus with pandemic potential. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 24 Jan. 2023 In this window, the electrons and holes can recombine into outgoing radiation. Sid Assawaworrarit, IEEE Spectrum, 25 Nov. 2023

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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 25 May. 2024.

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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