uni·fy | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌfī \
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 \ adjective
unifier \ˈyü-nə-ˌfī(-ə)r \ 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

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Yet so far Mr Ortega’s actions seem to have unified it. The Economist, "Daniel Ortega is causing a bloodbath in Nicaragua," 12 July 2018 His attention shifted to trying to unify his version of gravity with electromagnetism. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gravitational waves and the slow pace of scientific revolutions," 30 June 2018 Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services say the agency is working to unify children with either a parent or a sponsor. NBC News, "Defendants in diapers? Immigrant toddlers appear in court alone," 28 June 2018 So party officials view Mr. Trump as the logical messenger to both unify the Republican base behind their standard-bearer and take aim at the Democrat. New York Times, "Trump’s Summer Campaign Priority: Target Red-State Democratic Senators," 29 May 2018 In fact, not even supervision and resolution are truly unified. The Economist, "Why the euro zone hasn’t seen more cross-border bank mergers," 12 July 2018 But not all Democrats are unified on the ICE question. Jeff Stein And David Weigel, chicagotribune.com, "Democrats ready 'Abolish ICE' legislation that would shutter agency, shift immigration law enforcement," 10 July 2018 So if there's a thing that's unifying the rest of NATO, that would be concern about Russia's behavior. Fox News, "The politics of Trump's tough love for NATO," 12 July 2018 While historians have credited NATO with unifying Western democracies during the Cold War, the organization has faced internal struggles in the past. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "What is NATO and why is Donald Trump slamming it?," 12 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of unify

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


uni·fy | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌfī \
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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