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 unify (audio) \ adjective
unifier \ ˈyü-​nə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce unify (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 The rift was the most serious in decades among the Persian Gulf monarchies and complicated U.S. efforts to unify Arab allies against the Islamic State militant group as well as Iran, the Trump administration’s main regional adversary. Washington Post, "Saudi Arabia and Qatar agree to restore air, land and sea links, easing Persian Gulf feud," 4 Jan. 2021 Top Arizona Democrats in Congress called for the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden to reverse strict refugee policies and unify families. AZCentral.com, "The biggest Arizona headlines of 2020, from COVID-19 to the elections," 28 Dec. 2020 Winnebago this month announced new corporate enterprise branding to unify its various names. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Winnebago sales, earnings surge as consumers flock to RVs," 18 Dec. 2020 As part of the package, the commission is also trying to develop a secondary market for bad loans and to unify insolvency rules across the continent, both key to helping banks find buyers for their nonperforming assets. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "EU Unveils Plans to Help Banks Clean Up Soured Covid-19 Loans," 16 Dec. 2020 Biden campaigned as a mainstream candidate ready to unify the country. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Biden knocks Georgia GOP candidates Perdue and Loeffler for their support of Trump," 15 Dec. 2020 The senior Garvey, who died in 1940, was a black nationalist who sought to unify people of African descent worldwide. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Marcus Garvey Jr., son of Jamaican national hero, dies in Wellington at 90," 9 Dec. 2020 Spence and Garcia will fight to unify the welterweight division on Fox Pay-per-View. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "After his high-speed accident, slowing down has been key to Errol Spence’s recovery," 27 Nov. 2020 Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said House Democrats must unify rather than blame progressive members for a slimmer majority in the next Congress. Eric Martin, Bloomberg.com, "Bush Says Vote Was ‘Fair,’ and Outcome ‘Clear’: Election Update," 8 Nov. 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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11 Jan 2021

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“Unify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unify. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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