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 Whoever first decided to throw cinnabar into a fire realized the mercury left as vapor that could be collected and recombined into pure mercury. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why Liquid Mercury Is So Damn Weird," 19 Feb. 2020 The exhibition includes three of her photogravures cropping or recombining Lange images. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "Empathy and Artistry: Rediscovering Dorothea Lange," 13 Feb. 2020 When the light bounces back, the two beams are recombined. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How lidar makers are coping with slow progress of self-driving tech," 11 Feb. 2020 Such close quarters, meat preparation, and poor hygienic conditions in the markets offer viruses an inordinate number of opportunities to recombine with each other, mutate, and leap to new species, including humans. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Never-before-seen virus may be behind mystery outbreak in China," 8 Jan. 2020 Further evidence that the taste of cinemagoers is changing comes when Wan and Whannell recombine and score a hit with the ghost tale Insidious, released April 1. Clark Collis,, "Saws, hostels, and human centipedes: A long and unpleasant history of torture porn," 29 Jan. 2020 By producing proteins that slice and recombine carbon dioxide molecules, these microbes work in tandem with the grasses to capture atmospheric carbon dioxide and turn it into solid, carbon-rich biological matter that gets stored underground. Quanta Magazine, "Below Our Feet, a World of Hidden Life," 16 June 2015 Give the cornstarch mixture a quick stir to recombine and gradually stir into the soup. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "This hot-and-sour soup recipe is a cure-all for cold (and have-a-cold) days," 18 Dec. 2019 When teams are improvising, access to its members’ knowledge will leverage the team’s ability to recombine their previous experiences and develop new and effective responses. António Abrantes, Quartz at Work, "How the best teams deal with failure," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of recombine

1619, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Recombine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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