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 Bershad said Democrats would unify against Cornyn, no matter who won the nomination. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "MJ Hegar, Royce West fighting to become Democratic Senate champ against GOP incumbent John Cornyn," 5 July 2020 At the same time, as Libya, Syria and Yemen painfully demonstrated, ethnic, sectarianian, tribal and other divisions proved that Arab identity, by itself, is not enough to unify. Daniel Byman, Washington Post, "For the Middle East, the Arab Spring was a rare chance to control its own fate," 26 June 2020 In the latest sign of a potential enthusiasm gap for the likely Democratic presidential nominee, voters in Tuesday’s two primaries showed a reluctance to unify around Joe Biden. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Joe Biden loses 3 in 10 New York and Kentucky primary Democrats," 24 June 2020 Biden said the platform could unify the party to win lasting change in the Nov. 3 election. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Biden-Sanders unity task forces release proposals to overhaul criminal justice, immigration," 8 July 2020 The president made clear that his reelection message will do little to try to heal or unify the country but rather aims to drive a deeper wedge into the nation’s racial and cultural divides. Martin Weil And Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "Boy,11, shot and killed in Southeast Washington, police say," 5 July 2020 The fact that Biden’s campaign was willing to acknowledge Sanders’ victory in California will help unify the delegates, Khanna added. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Gavin Newsom left out as California Democrats pick convention delegation leaders," 27 June 2020 Cokes was the first African American boxer from Dallas to unify a weight division. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Dallas boxing legend Curtis Cokes’ impact will linger long after his passing," 7 June 2020 On the campaign trail, James decided to run a television spot that aimed to unify voters behind a denunciation of Floyd’s killing and pointedly criticized the riots. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Black Michigan Republican John James running to be senator, not GOP spokesman on race," 24 June 2020

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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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2 Aug 2020

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“Unify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unify. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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