re·​com·​bine | \ ˌrē-kəm-ˈbīn How to pronounce recombine (audio) \
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

Examples of recombine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mayr himself had wondered why the two groups did not recombine into a single population. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2021 Stir the sauce to recombine, then drizzle 1 tablespoon over each cutlet., 21 July 2021 If the insertion takes place naturally, say through recombination, then one of those 35 other sequences is far more likely to appear; CGG is rarely used in the class of coronaviruses that can recombine with CoV-2. Steven Quay And Richard Muller, WSJ, 6 June 2021 Check the bottom of the bowl to make sure all of the confectioners’ sugar has been incorporated; if not, briefly beat to recombine. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2021 At Venus, the camera detected a bright rim around the edge of the planet that may be nightglow — light emitted by oxygen atoms high in the atmosphere that recombine into molecules in the nightside, notes the space agency. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 Although most mutations are likely to be harmless, SARS-CoV-2 conceivably could recombine with another coronavirus and become more dangerous. James Gorman, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2020 Toward the end of Mr. Moonves’s run as CBS chief executive, Shari Redstone made moves to recombine Viacom and CBS, leading to a high-profile battle for control of the two companies. Jonathan Kandell, New York Times, 12 Aug. 2020 Cool Science: Heat causes sugar and protein molecules to combine and recombine, forming new molecules and distinct flavors. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, 20 May 2020

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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 How to pronounce recombine (audio) \
recombined; recombining

Medical Definition of recombine

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo recombination

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