unit·​ed | \ yu̇-ˈnī-təd How to pronounce united (audio) \

Definition of united

1 : made one : combined
2 : relating to or produced by joint action a united effort
3 : being in agreement : harmonious a united family

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Other Words from united

unitedly adverb

Examples of united in a Sentence

a united campaign against drug abuse the party must present a united front if it hopes to win the election

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The elder sisters’ united front falls apart under the temptations of property and their mutual lust for West’s scheming Edmund. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "Review: A sharp ‘King Lear’ at Redtwist Theatre raises issues of aging, greed and power," 9 July 2019 The Democratic candidates, who worked to present a united front over the weekend, talked about race and bigotry but mostly avoided addressing the Biden and Buttigieg issues head-on. Tyrone Beason, latimes.com, "2020 candidates show unity in South Carolina, wooing black voters and easing up on Biden," 23 June 2019 In the meantime, string theorists, who normally form a united front, will disagree about the conjecture. Quanta Magazine, "Dark Energy May Be Incompatible With String Theory," 9 Aug. 2018 There’s a major problem with that plan, of course: The world isn’t united right now. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Trump heads to the G-20, and Japan braces for impact," 27 June 2019 All participants seemed united in their belief that Capitol Hill was far behind the times technologically. Richard Skinner, Vox, "Technology and transparency: the path to a modern Congress?," 26 June 2019 The best way to reduce the danger of a shooting war in the region is for Europe to join the U.S. in a united campaign to persuade Iran that its only path out of sanctions is to renegotiate the nuclear deal and cease its export of revolution. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Iran, Europe and Trump," 17 June 2019 Get our daily newsletter The junta, however, is far from united. The Economist, "How to stop Sudan sliding into war," 14 June 2019 When the food inevitably ran out, alcohol would still flow, music would get louder and the party, for those who wanted to stay, united like-minded locals, some of whom may have never met if not for Babetown. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Meet the Woman Behind Babetown, a Monthly Pop-Up Dinner for LGBTQ+ Travelers," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of united

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of united

: involving people or groups working together to achieve something
: made up of members who share the same purpose, interest, etc.


unit·​ed | \ yu̇-ˈnī-təd\

Kids Definition of united

1 : made one United States of America
2 : having the same goals, ideas, and principles The jury is united in its belief of her innocence.

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