\ 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

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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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One of Boehner’s worst experiences came in 2012; tax cuts signed more than a decade earlier by former President George W. Bush were set to expire, and Boehner failed to unite his caucus behind a compromise proposal. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Belly up to the bar with John Boehner for nostalgic tales of government paralysis," 9 Apr. 2021 That official lamented that none of the three Black candidates was willing to unite behind a single challenger who might be able to face McAuliffe head-to-head. Washington Post, "Many Democrats said it was time for a Black woman to lead Virginia. But the party establishment is lining up behind Terry McAuliffe.," 9 Apr. 2021 The sneaker-streetwear designer is also leveraging his place in the running community to unite social activists of all backgrounds from across the city. Tanya Klich, Forbes, "Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow Talks Russell Athletic X Nicole McLaughlin Collaboration—And Reflects On His Journey As An AAPI Entrepreneur," 9 Apr. 2021 This was unfortunate, because fighting a common adversary – such as polio or a world war – can unite a population. Claudia Finkelstein, The Conversation, "Anxious about going out into the world? You’re not alone, but there’s help," 8 Apr. 2021 The party’s leader, former journalist Yair Lapid, has the backing of smaller liberal parties but has been unable to unite the anti-Netanyahu coalition under his leadership. NBC News, "Netanyahu's corruption trial opens as Israel grapples with fourth stalemate election," 5 Apr. 2021 In fact, Demi and Ariana fans have been waiting for Dariana to unite their angelic voices for literally years. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande’s “Met Him Last Night” Lyrics Will Be Stuck In Your Head All Day," 2 Apr. 2021 Hampton, the bureau’s target, has already come to the FBI’s attention as a figure who might one day unite the Left’s insurgent elements under a single banner. Graham Hillard, Washington Examiner, "Black Jesus," 1 Apr. 2021 As China ramps up promotion of its development and governance model on a global scale, the question for some analysts is no longer if the Western democracies will unite to challenge China, but how extensive the united front will be. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "A united front against China? Why that’s tricky for US and Europe.," 30 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the nose, pear and candied lemon unite with soft gardenia. Rachel King, Fortune, "The best wines for Thanksgiving," 21 Nov. 2020 The two Johns unite — this is an easy Team Legend win. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, "The Voice season premiere recap: Let the Blind Auditions begin!," 20 Oct. 2020 Or must both the workaholic and the gamer unite for dish duty? Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Is It Ever Okay…to Reeeeeeeach Across the Dinner Table?," 7 Sep. 2020 SoCal Veg Fest opens this weekend Lovers of Beyond Meat burgers, quinoa bowls and tofu scrambles unite: The SoCal VegFest, an event designed especially for vegans, will sprout this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: Annual OC Japan Fair will bring taste of culture, tradition to O.C. fairgrounds," 17 Oct. 2019 Literally hundreds of planes, flying very low, disgorged colored parachutes marking the different unites. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "What the Free Press front page looked like as D-Day unfolded," 5 June 2019 Of course, Vera conveniently leaves out the fact that when a jinn and a human unite, the human's soul is utterly destroyed. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Teenagers must ward off mischievous supernatural beings in Jinn," 23 June 2019 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

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Unite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unite. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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