unite

verb
\ 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

unite

noun
\ 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

Verb

uniter noun

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Verb

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.
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The group now united under the hashtag #MuteRKelly was vocal, campaigning to have R. Kelly’s concerts cancelled and his songs removed from radio. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "R. Kelly Docuseries Reminds Us That Not All Stories of Sexual Assault Are Treated Equally," 11 Jan. 2019 Thanks to Gareth Southgate, the team’s manager, the waistcoat has become the unexpected symbol of England’s unexpected success; a totem of the power of a dream; and evidence that dedication and belief can unite not just a team, but also a country. New York Times, "How Gareth Southgate Made the Waistcoat a Surprise World Cup M.V.P.," 13 July 2018 There is far more that unites Mike, Mead and me than divides us. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Republican Scott Hawkins withdraws from Alaska governor’s race, citing entry of Treadwell," 2 July 2018 Two years ago, members of the Lincoln-Way Marching Band united for their first public performance at the Mokena Fourth of July Parade. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Lincoln-Way Marching Band set for Mokena July 4 parade," 28 June 2018 Despite edicts from above and earnest efforts from within police forces, uniting cops and communities in a deep and lasting way remains a theory rather than a practice. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 There are a few clear trends that unite the diverse collection of suits Jay-Z rocks throughout the video: heavy, rope-y gold chains; plenty of double-breasted jackets; a conspicuous lack of shirts; and heavy doses of color and patterns. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Jay-Z Brought His Entire Suit Collection to the "APES**T" Video," 18 June 2018 Most Kashmiris support the rebel cause that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control. Aijaz Hussain, Fox News, "Anti-India rebels abduct and kill 3 policemen in Kashmir," 21 Sep. 2018 In Riverdale’s third season, which premieres on October 10, Reinhart is optimistic that Betty’s two sides will finally unite in a single, nuanced character. Annina Mislin, Glamour, "You Don't Know the Real Lili Reinhart," 12 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Despite his constant movement, the usual engine Victor Moses was finding little room to do much as Croatia's tight defensive unite monitored his runs throughout. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "WATCH: Croatia Rides Modric Penalty Kick, Own Goal to Win Over Nigeria," 16 June 2018 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

Verb

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

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unite

Verb

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

Noun

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

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unite

verb

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

unite

verb
\ 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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