unite

verb
\ 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

unite

noun
\ 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rugby in South Africa may have been viewed as the sport of the white Afrikaner elite, but the Springboks’ victory over New Zealand in the 1995 World Cup united the nation in celebration. The Economist, "Chester Williams stood against South African rugby’s racism," 16 Sep. 2019 The rancor subsides after Henri’s death, when the rivals realize that in sisterhood there is strength, and that women united might just bring harmony to the world. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Wives,’ the Other Halves Have Their Say," 16 Sep. 2019 Friday-Sunday Write This Down The Salem Literary Festival unites five dozen New England writers and hundreds of bibliophiles for talks, panel discussions, kids’ activities, and more. BostonGlobe.com, "Drag Time," 14 Sep. 2019 We are extremely inspired by organizations, like the GHBA, who unite the home building industry to support such great charities like HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Houston Chronicle, "Howard Hughes Corp. supports Benefit Homes Project," 14 Sep. 2019 More recently, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost his majority in Parliament and united his fractured opponents by trying to yank the U.K. out of the European Union by undemocratic means. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Liberalism Is at a Crossroads, Not a Dead End," 12 Sep. 2019 What unites the crowds, Johnson said, is their desire to hear the hits — one reason Earth, Wind & Fire is in no hurry to make a new studio album. Los Angeles Times, "In praise of Earth, Wind & Fire, purveyor of black excellence for a half-century," 12 Sep. 2019 And yet, with the exception of three Democratic senators, the party united to ensure that the legislation wouldn’t pass the Senate earlier this year. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "House Republicans Hold a Hearing on the Born-Alive Bill," 11 Sep. 2019 While no two mass shootings are the same, one common thread that unites most of these horrific events is the use of high-capacity magazines. Diana Degette, The Denver Post, "DeGette: A federal ban of high-capacity magazines will save lives even as threat of gun violence grows," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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 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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