unify

verb
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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Republicans openly worried about how a lame-duck speaker and uncertainty in leadership would affect a party struggling to unify itself and raise money for midterm elections with their House majority in jeopardy. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Rep. Jim Jordan, Freedom Caucus co-founder, is exploring run for House speaker," 13 Apr. 2018 Facebook now wants to protect elections around the world, weed out misinformation and encourage online behavior that unifies people. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The fake video era of US politics has arrived on Twitter," 9 Nov. 2018 Nelson, who has called Bridenstine politically divisive, so far has kept the Senate's 49 Democrats unified against his confirmation. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "House lawmakers hammer Senate for not approving Trump's nominee to head NASA," 7 Mar. 2018 If the Continent could unify under a single set of values and political institutions, future wars could be averted. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Incredible Shrinking Europe," 11 Feb. 2019 Asked months later about the defeat of his legislation, the governor said gun-control groups are simply not as unified as the pro-gun lobby. Ryan J. Foley, Fox News, "AP: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns," 26 Sep. 2018 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

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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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unify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of unify

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

unify

verb
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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