\ yu̇-ˈnīt How to pronounce unite (audio) \
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 How to pronounce unite (audio) \

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

Other Words from unite


uniter noun

Choose the Right Synonym for unite


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

Verb 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That can’t happen, though, because Wyld Stallyns eventually unite the world in a utopian society. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2022 Fans can expect our favorite footballers to unite again onscreen as early as summer 2022, according to Us Weekly. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 7 May 2022 Green insisted that the crises America faces under President Biden should unite Americans of all backgrounds. Tyler O'neil, Fox News, 4 May 2022 On April 22, more than a thousand of us did what the government failed to do: unite to call Escobar’s death a femicide. Mariana Limón Rugerio, refinery29.com, 3 May 2022 While Twitter enables communities to build connections and unite during protests, such connections also carry risks, regardless of who owns the company. Rebecca Chowdhury, Time, 29 Apr. 2022 That can’t happen, though, because Wyld Stallyns will eventually unite the world in a utopian society. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Beetles, flowers, fronds unite together in the light making the world so bright. cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 Yet one of the surprises of this war, along with Ukraine's ability to stave off a quick defeat, is the way Zelenskyy has been able to win the information battle and unite opposition in a way that was not anticipated. David Bauder, ajc, 7 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Alison Sweeney, Lacey Chabert and Autumn Reeser unite in a new film series starting Jan. 8. Kelly Wynne, PEOPLE.com, 30 Nov. 2021 Can Democrats and business unite against a common enemy? Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 25 Nov. 2021 The Ravens gave up the most passing yards in Week 1 (409 yards), and this was against one of the weaker offensive unite in the league. Zack Jones, Forbes, 18 Sep. 2021 For a while, at least, the spirit of September 12th helped a country divided over the 2000 election unite against a common enemy. NBC News, 12 Sep. 2021 The knives are full size pocket knives and smaller keychain knives, above, in various themes of hope, dream, love, laugh, happy, resilient, wish, peace, brave, believe, faith and unite. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Sep. 2021 Kabul could fall to the Taliban within a few weeks unless all political forces opposed to the insurgency unite behind a common war plan, a senior government member warned. Alan Cullison, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2021 On the nose, pear and candied lemon unite with soft gardenia. Rachel King, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2020 The two Johns unite — this is an easy Team Legend win. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, 20 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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More Definitions for unite


\ yu̇-ˈnīt How to pronounce unite (audio) \
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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