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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And all of these games are unified in their drive to grind. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Depression and the Solace of 'Grinding' in Online Games," 24 July 2019 Democrats need to unify around a message that will help all Americans, and stake out ground Trump has ignored. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Democrats must unify and stake out turf Trump’s ignored," 19 July 2019 Rather, they were unified by nothing so much as antipathy to America’s growing diversity, and an attendant feeling that whites were losing ground. The Economist, "The 2020 campaign will be more racially divisive than 2016 was," 18 July 2019 GrapheneCMS unifies our publishing systems into one content hub, built for today’s multimedia environment. Los Angeles Times, "Introducing a new latimes.com powered by GrapheneCMS," 16 July 2019 Whitaker unified his titles by beating Jose Luis Ramirez six months later for the WBC title and then scoring a first-round knockout of Juan Nazario in August, 1990 for the WBA belt. Matt Bonesteel, courant.com, "Former boxing champion Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker killed by driver in Virginia Beach," 15 July 2019 Voices of women across different countries in the EU are most audible when combined as a bloc; unifying their strength to fight for lasting legal and social change at a supra-national level that may not be possible when fighting on their own. Phoebe Potter, refinery29.com, "Tory Leadership Candidates Calling Themselves "Feminist" Is Meaningless," 10 June 2019 Researchers, however, remained unsure whether the purpose of these feasts was to unify a local population—much like a community barbeque— or to forge alliances between neighboring groups. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Stonehenge-era pig roasts united ancient Britain, scientists say," 13 Mar. 2019 When the children are unified with their sponsors, Lauren sends each child to their sponsor with a photo book. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'They have a right to be children': How border crisis' young victims find peace in Indiana," 8 July 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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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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