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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Abolishing her currency controls and unifying Argentina’s exchange rate was one of his earliest, proudest successes. The Economist, "In Argentina, Mauricio Macri's dying government mimics its opponents," 5 Sep. 2019 As opposed to a president who uses the power of that microphone in a way that is about unifying and lifting up, as opposed to beating down. NBC News, "Meet the Press - August 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 In a one-on-one interview with CBS News Campaign Reporter Musadiq Bidar, Delaney said that the country needs a president who will stand up against hate and unify the country. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Dems respond to Trump remarks on mass shootings," 5 Aug. 2019 The redesign is focused on unifying Twitter's code base across platforms and simplifying the deployment of new features. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Twitter is changing Twitter.com to be more like mobile app," 15 July 2019 Within a month of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, the world was truly at war, and Americans unified in pursuit of victory and vengeance. Jeffrey A. Engel, Twin Cities, "Jeffrey Engel: The lesson of D-Day for Americans today," 6 June 2019 Their incompatibility leads physicists to suspect that a more fundamental theory is needed to unify all four forces of nature and describe them at all scales. Quanta Magazine, "How Holography Could Help Solve Quantum Gravity," 14 Nov. 2018 The gateway should be a simple design which can be replicated through the district to unify and bring people into all parts of the Thiensville-Mequon Town Center. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thiensville voters will choose two of four candidates for village board," 7 Mar. 2018 Streich got the most goals and most caps for his country before the East German national team unified with the West German team six years after Streich's retirement. SI.com, "The Top 50 International Goalscorers of All Time," 18 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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