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 Virulence can also be reestablished in the intestine if the genetic material of the PV2 strain recombines with that of another virus. Patricia L. Foster, The Conversation, "A newly designed vaccine may help stamp out remaining polio cases worldwide," 13 Sep. 2019 Viacom, which recently announced an agreement to recombine with CBS Corp., remains in talks to buy Miramax but has not struck a deal, one person close to the situation said Wednesday. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Lionsgate drops out of bidding for Miramax stake," 11 Sep. 2019 When recombined, the various quantum states interfere with one another. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "Spin-Swapping Particles Could Be “Quantum Cheshire Cats”," 6 May 2019 Even though four people in the group are under thirty, none of you will be able to figure out how to recombine the threads. Blythe Roberson, The New Yorker, "Honest iPhone Updates," 28 Aug. 2019 That strategy didn’t work as well as expected, and there’s been on-and-off-again efforts to recombine them in recent years. Nabila Ahmed,, "CBS and Viacom worked into night to hammer out a deal," 12 Aug. 2019 The company is also part of a shift to a new, Lego-block-style approach to making chips, where modules dubbed chiplets are recombined to make development faster. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Intel's New Chip Wizard Has a Plan to Bring Back the Magic," 3 July 2019 And the interferometers’ left paths are recombined as well. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "Spin-Swapping Particles Could Be “Quantum Cheshire Cats”," 6 May 2019 Viruses and bacteria also recombine, or share genetic material, with similar strains, giving them another way to change their genomes rapidly. Quanta Magazine, "Vaccines Are Pushing Pathogens to Evolve," 10 May 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 How to pronounce recombine (audio) \
recombined; recombining

Medical Definition of recombine

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo recombination

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