uni·​fy | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce unify (audio) \
unified; unifying

Definition of unify

transitive verb

: to make into a unit or a coherent whole : unite

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Other Words from unify

unifiable \ ˈyü-​nə-​ˌfī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce unifiable (audio) \ adjective
unifier \ ˈyü-​nə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce unifier (audio) \ noun

Examples of unify in a Sentence

The creation of the national railroad system unified the country. two very different people unified by a common belief
Recent Examples on the Web The team will turn to computer modeling to unify all their observations: the seismic wiggles, the currents, the calving, the snowfall and ponding meltwater. Paul Voosen, Science Magazine, "A project to monitor every aspect of a fast-shrinking glacier could hold an answer to an urgent question: How fast will seas rise?," 10 Oct. 2019 Most Democrats, including Warren fans, believe Biden is being unfairly slimed by Trump, and his rivals have been unified in condemning the president. NBC News, "Trump impeachment inquiry could be pivotal in Warren-Biden primary fight," 26 Sep. 2019 Convincing disenfranchised voters of the benefits of climate-change solutions is required to unify the entire electorate behind climate action. The Economist, "A bevy of ideas to respond to climate change," 18 Sep. 2019 Attempts to unify its policies have resulted in some frankly bonkers outcomes. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Facebook plans launch of its own “Supreme Court” for handling takedown appeals," 18 Sep. 2019 Wanting to unify one’s family in one safe country is not a crime. baltimoresun.com, "Letters: Howard redistricting plan fixes nothing; don’t blame ICE for doing its job; and more from readers," 3 Sep. 2019 Macron opposed Trump’s withdrawal last year from the Iran nuclear accord and has sought to unify the other G-7 countries around a strategy aimed at keeping the agreement intact and Iran’s nuclear ambitions in check. Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times, "Discord dominates as Trump and other leaders head to G-7 summit," 22 Aug. 2019 For all the divisions onstage Tuesday, the candidates were unified in rebuking Trump's racist comments and using race as a campaign theme for 2020. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "4 Key Takeaways From Night 1 of the Second Democratic Debate," 31 July 2019 Hakas were performed across the New Zealand in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings as a way of unifying people. Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "New Zealand firefighters perform powerful haka to honor 9/11 first responders," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unify

1502, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unify

Late Latin unificare, from Latin uni- + -ficare -fy

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The first known use of unify was in 1502

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English Language Learners Definition of unify

: to cause (people or things) to be joined or brought together


uni·​fy | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce unify (audio) \
unified; unifying

Kids Definition of unify

: to bring or come together into or as if into a single unit or group : unite The people were unified by a common belief.

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