\ yu̇-ˈnīt \
united; uniting

Definition of unite 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to put together to form a single unit

b : to cause to adhere

c : to link by a legal or moral bond

2 : to possess (different things, such as qualities) in combination

intransitive verb

1a : to become one or as if one

b : to become combined by or as if by adhesion or mixture

2 : to act in concert


\ ˈyü-ˌnīt \

Definition of unite (Entry 2 of 2)

: an old British gold 20-shilling piece issued first by James I in 1604 for the newly united England and Scotland

called also Jacobus

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Other words from unite


uniter noun

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join, combine, unite, connect, link, associate, relate mean to bring or come together into some manner of union. join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness. joined forces in an effort to win combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit. combined jazz and rock to create a new music unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity. the colonies united to form a republic connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity. a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity. a name forever linked with liberty associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation. opera is popularly associated with high society relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection. related what he observed to what he already knew

Examples of unite in a Sentence


Party members united in support of their candidate. Students united to protest the tuition increase. uniting against a common enemy The struggle to end slavery united rich and poor. A treaty united the independent nations. The sperm and egg unite to form an embryo.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2012, Missouri Republicans failed to beat Claire McCaskill because the party failed to unite and choose a good candidate. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Missouri GOP gives national party green light to spend money on Hawley before primary," 3 July 2018 For example, noted historian David McCullough discusses the Statue of Liberty's role in history, and conservative radio commentator Glenn Beck talks about the early days of radio and its power to unite and divide the country. Owen Ullmann, USA TODAY, "Ken Burns' news website uses visual history lesson to bridge bitter political divide," 3 July 2018 The Varsity Club brings together his love for the community and the sporting events that unite it. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Alumni Club in Menomonee Falls nears completion," 19 June 2018 Nationalists won Slovenia’s general elections, setting another euro-area nation on course for political deadlock as rival parties united in condemnation of their anti-refugee rhetoric and vowed to block them from government. Boris Cerni, Bloomberg.com, "Another Euro Member Heads for Turmoil After Nationalist Win," 3 June 2018 What matters is that nonwhites fight and defeat white supremacy, that women unite and defeat oppressive masculinity, and that the trans supplant and redefine the cis. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Obama’s Legacy Has Already Been Destroyed," 18 May 2018 In his characteristic style, McEwan goes backwards and forwards through time, rummages through each character’s thoughts, and outlines the social forces that unite and separate them both. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In On Chesil Beach, a Longing Unfulfilled," 17 May 2018 Throughout the walkout, teachers and their supporters marveled at — and gained confidence from — the public display of their determination to unite and mobilize. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "In aftermath of #RedForEd walkout, Arizona teachers vow to continue political activism," 6 May 2018 South Vietnam disappeared from the Earth on April 30, 1975, when Viet Cong and People’s Army forces overran the last southern defenses and captured the capital of Saigon, uniting the country and ending what was then America’s longest war. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "Loyal to a lost homeland: Philly-area Vietnamese honor a vanished South Vietnam," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From David to Erika to 'D' to the gender neutral, elephant-human-hybrid Eureka who perseveres in the face of adversity - all of these persons with their strengths and flaws - unite in me. Megan Friedman, Seventeen, ""Drag Race" Finalist Eureka O’Hara Says It's Time for Big Girls To Rule The World," 25 June 2018 Much more interesting would be seeing superstars team up, or former teammates re-unite. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: The Yankees' Greatest Need, Unlikely All-Stars and Midsummer Classic Changes," 11 June 2018 Kroger sells off convenience store business for $2.15B Kroger has sold off its convenience store business unite to EG Group for approximately $2.15 billion. Kara Driscoll, ajc, "5 surprising ways Kroger is changing stores in 2018," 30 May 2018 With Rihanna co-chairing the event, expect to see at least some of the cast unite on the Met Gala carpet. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Met Gala 2018: Everything you need to know about fashion's biggest party," 4 May 2018 Maurice Zuberano was second unite supervisor, and Ridgway Callow assistant director. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Sound of Music': THR's 1965 Review," 2 Mar. 2018 The @AmericanIdol judges team @LionelRichie, @katyperry and @LukeBryanOnline unite on @GMA. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "'American Idol' Reboot Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie Talk 'Dream Team,' Las Vegas Shootings on 'GMA'," 4 Oct. 2017 The graduates in their caps and gowns and the protesters supporting Local 33 UNITE HERE wearing orange T-shirts and carrying orange balloons mostly avoided each other. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "Yale Honors Stevie Wonder, John Kerry, John Lewis At Commencement," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of unite


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unite


Middle English, from Anglo-French uniter, from Latin unitus, past participle of unire, from unus one — more at one


obsolete unite united, from Middle English unit, from Latin unitus, past participle

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English Language Learners Definition of unite

: to join together to do or achieve something

: to cause (two or more people or things) to be joined together and become one thing

: to become joined together as one thing


\ yu̇-ˈnīt \
united; uniting

Kids Definition of unite

1 : to put or come together to form a single unit

2 : to bind by legal or moral ties This treaty will unite our nations.

3 : to join in action The two groups united to improve schools.

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