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

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The crowd was wholly unified by their admiration for Gurung. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Breaks Naan With Fashion’s Finest at His Post-Show Dinner," 11 Feb. 2019 This was just like a unifying force ... Very different. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The NFL is like a drug lord and football is like crack,’ says ‘Big Game’ author Mark Leibovich," 10 Sep. 2018 The regal element that unified them all: a tiny gold crest bearing the house’s initials. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "A Cult Perfumery Opens Its First Location in Los Angeles," 17 May 2018 To unify the images as a series, each person was assigned a particular color for their wardrobe, which, on its own was complementary to the subject, but when viewed across each cover, contributed to a vibrant chromatic spectrum. Wilder Davies, Time, "The Story Behind the 2018 TIME 100 Covers," 19 Apr. 2018 Dryades YMCA's decision also comes amid the city's final push to not only become an all-charter school district, but to also unify all Recovery School District public schools under OPSB's oversight as an authorizer in July. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "Dryades YMCA ends plans to take over Mahalia Jackson school, amid test scandal," 1 Feb. 2018 Kajfes's group doesn't fall back on facile eclecticism either, instead unifying its multifaceted repertoire with a single aesthetic. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills Swedish trumpeter Goran Kajfes combines psych, prog, and African music into a vision all his own," 12 Jan. 2018 Sung aims for the exhibit to show how China's first emperor unified the region through political, social and cultural reform, as well as his military campaigns. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "This wonder of the world is now in Cincinnati," 20 Apr. 2018 That football doesn’t unify ... Nothing unifies anybody. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The NFL is like a drug lord and football is like crack,’ says ‘Big Game’ author Mark Leibovich," 10 Sep. 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 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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