unite

1 of 2

verb

united; uniting

transitive verb

1
a
: 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

1
a
: to become one or as if one
b
: to become combined by or as if by adhesion or mixture
2
: to act in concert
uniter noun

unite

2 of 2

noun

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

called also Jacobus

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

Example Sentences

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
Finally, something that can unite us all: Being grumpy about World Cup results. Aj Willingham, CNN, 22 Nov. 2022 Since then, the style became where casual jeans and formal dress trousers meet halfway, a middle ground where comfort and finesse can unite. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 16 Nov. 2022 To do that, Herbert hopes Lee will unite the delegation in tackling issues that impact Utah. Emily Anderson Stern, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Nov. 2022 Bless the Screen, a new series designed to unite students and communities through films illuminating the Black experience and telling stories that matter, will debut Wednesday, Philander Smith College and Arkansas PBS have announced. The Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 13 Nov. 2022 Ishmael is saved; Abraham recognizes that Sarah is his covenantal wife and Isaac his covenantal son; Joseph and his brothers unite. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 7 Nov. 2022 Before a referendum that could unite or tear apart his nation, a physics professor with Alzheimer’s discovers a Soviet Space Capsule, and a chance at fulfilling a crazy childhood dream. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 6 Nov. 2022 The Rio de Janeiro four-piece moved in together during quarantine to unite their artistic abilities and concoct this poptimistic delight. Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 3 Nov. 2022 The Bruins offered him his dream job in August 2018, where Garman, a hockey player since age 5, could unite two of his passions. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2022
Noun
Even if a larger purchase has been in your sights for a while, enticing window displays will still call your name as the influenceable Moon and erratic Uranus unite. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 20 Oct. 2022 The three unite in a supportive, well-rounded trio. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2022 That same year, the pair unite again for a 10-day summer tour of Canada. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 16 Sep. 2022 Dwarves, Elves, Men, and Harfoots (precursors to Hobbits, who share a similar disdain for footwear) unite in a quest to combat the evil Sauron. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Aug. 2022 The next day, Mars and Uranus unite as Mars connects with the North Node in Taurus, according to Lisa Stardust, author of Saturn Return Survival Guide and The Astrology Deck. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 24 July 2022 Five boys faced with the realities of adulthood unite for a final adventure: hunting down a magical flower that will make their wishes come true. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 17 July 2022 Hence Washington’s desire to see Japan and South Korea unite. Paula Hancocks, CNN, 18 May 2022 Alison Sweeney, Lacey Chabert and Autumn Reeser unite in a new film series starting Jan. 8. Kelly Wynne, PEOPLE.com, 30 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unite was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near unite

Cite this Entry

“Unite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unite. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

unite

verb

yu̇-ˈnīt
united; uniting
1
a
: to put or come together to form a single unit
b
: to cause to cling together
unite two pieces of wood
c
: to link by a legal or moral bond
2
: to become one or as if one
two elements unite to form a compound
3
: to join in action : act as if one
unite in song
uniter noun

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