uni·​fy ˈyü-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce unify (audio)
unified; unifying

transitive verb

: to make into a unit or a coherent whole : unite
unifiable adjective

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 difficulty of finding a compelling and coherent narrative on China is one reason the opposition has failed to unify. Vic Chiang, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Mike Johnson’s grace period as House speaker is likely over, as fellow Republicans from different wings of the party undercut his efforts to unify the GOP heading into a rebooted budget fight. WSJ, 20 Nov. 2023 In his scope as global editorial director, Welch has unified many international versions of the celebration so that all take place in the same year-end window. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 Fifty-four percent of survey respondents say systems are outdated and not connected; 60% report too many disparate systems and tools; and 79% believe that corporate management does not prioritize unifying stores with digital commerce. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2023 Lawmakers met Monday night to hear proposals from candidates who explained their strategy for unifying a fractured group and executing legislative priorities such as cutting federal spending and increasing border security. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2023 The two previous lawmakers, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, could not unify the party enough to be elected as McCarthy's successor, leaving one half of Congress in unprecedented limbo. John Parkinson, ABC News, 22 Oct. 2023 Yet entanglement, magic and fermionic magic are quite different from each other, so the prospect of unifying them under one grand quantum metric to calculate that absolute shortest run time seems remote. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 19 Oct. 2023 That was something that could unify them temporarily. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Late Latin unificare, from Latin uni- + -ficare -fy

First Known Use

1502, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unify was in 1502

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“Unify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unify. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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uni·​fy ˈyü-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce unify (audio)
unified; unifying

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